Previous Clubs: St Johnstone, Morton, Ayr United and Hamilton
The former Hamilton stopper, known as ‘The Cat’, was a key member of Accies’ promotion winning team last season where his last actions were saving two penalties in that dramatic and unforgettable Premiership Play Off shoot out at Easter Road last month.
With over 260 appearances for St Johnstone, Morton, Ayr United and Hamilton behind him, Kevin’s arrival will further strengthen Grant Murray’s team as we continue to gear up for the start of new season in the Scottish Championship. Kevin made his Rovers debut against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a pre-season friendly on 19th July 2014.
2. Jason Thomson
Born: 26th July 1987, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: Bryce Phillips
Away Sponsor: Alan Carnegie
Previous Clubs: Hearts
Jason is a product of the Hearts Youth Academy and made over 30 first team appearances for the Tynecastle club before spending 6 months at Dunfermline at the start of season 2011-12 where he made 14 starts for the Pars.
Jason came to Starks Park on loan in March 2012 and helped the club move away from the relegation zone at the end of the season. He made his move to Stark Park permanent in the summer of 2012.
The full-back secured both the Player’s Player of the Year and the Supporter’s Club Player of the Year awards for 2012-13 and signed a new one-year contract in May 2013 and extended that contract in May 2014.
Jason was an ever-present in the 2014-15 season playing every minute of every league and cup game.
3. Darren Petrie
Born: 26th July 1995, Stirling
Previous Clubs: Dundee Utd, Brechin City (on-loan), Dumbarton (on-loan)
Rovers signed the talented 19 year old former Dundee United midfielder Darren Petrie on 1st June 2015.. Manager Ray McKinnon first worked with Darren when he impressed under the Scotland Under 17 set up before taking the youngster on loan to Brechin in 2013-14, where he made 24 appearances. In the season just ended, Dundee United farmed him out to Championship outfit Dumbarton.
4. Ross Callachan
Born: 4th September 1993, London
Home Sponsor: Scott Clachers
Away Sponsor: Grace Fowlie and Laurie Hendry
One of five young players whose performances in the youth sides earned him promotion to the senior squad and a full-time contract in June 2010.
Ross got some invaluable experience when temporarily transferred to Musselburgh Athletic until summer 2012. An intelligent player who always looks to open up defences and controls the game from the centre of midfield.
Made 4 league starts in 2012-13 season and signed a new one-year contract in May 2013.
He featured in the pre-season friendlies at the start of the 2012-13 season. In 2013-14 he has really established himself as a first team player and was awarded the 2013-14 Young Player of the year.
Ross established himself as a first team regular in 2014-15 making 31 appearances and scoring twice against Falkirk and Livingston. He also scored the winner against Burntisland Shipyard in the Fife Cup back in August 2014.
Ross extended his Rovers contract through until summer 2017.
5. Lewis Toshney
Born: 26th April 1992, Dundee
Previous Clubs: Celtic, Kilmarnock (on-loan), Dundee (on-loan), Ross County, Cowdenbeath
Lewis Toshney began his career at Celtic, making his first team debut in February 2011. He gained valuable Premier League experience on-loan at Kilmarnock and at Dundee and he joined Ross County at the start of last season. He made 9 first team appearances for the Dingwall club before joining Cowdenbeath in February 2015 following his release from Ross County on transfer deadline day. Lewis has been capped at Under 17, 19 and 21 levels for Scotland.
Following a seven year period at Dundee, manager Ray McKinnon was keen to sign the young but experienced defender on 10th June 2015. Kyle had made nearly 80 appearances for the Den's Park club and more recently was a key member of the Alloa team having spent the 2014-15 season on-loan at the Indodrill Stadium.
7. Grant Anderson
Born: 20th August 1986, Rutherglen
Home Sponsor: Bryan Fisher
Away Sponsor: Ann Brand
Previous Clubs: Stenhousemuir, Hamilton
After spending time with Kirkintilloch Rob Roy Grant joined Stenhousemuir where he made 35 apperances for the club scoring 7 goals. Grant moved to Hamilton in June 2011. He made 25 appearnces before moving back to Stenhousemuir on-loan where he finished the season scoring a goal in each of the last 3 games.
Grant joined Rovers in the Summer of 2012. He can play wide on either side of midfield although this season he has mainly played wide right.
Made 47 appearances in 2012-13 scoring 12 goals.
Signed new contract in May 2013. Scored the winning goal in the 3-2 win over Hibs at Easter Road in the Scottish Cup back in February 2014. Grant signed a new contract on 1st July 2014.
Ryan signed for Rovers on 3rd June 2015. He made 49 appearances for Alloa in season 2014-15 and made over 150 appearances in total for the Wasps in a four year spell at Alloa. Commenting on his second signing for the club manager Ray McKinnon enthused “Ryan is an outstanding technical football player. He’s an intelligent passer of the ball and will really suit the style I want us to play. I’m sure he will greatly benefit from full time training, and his experience will complement the younger players I’m also bringing in.”
9. Mark Stewart
Born: 22nd June 1988, Glasgow
Home Sponsor: Alan Provan
Previous Clubs: Falkirk, Stranraer (on-loan), Bradford City, Hamilton (on-loan), Dundee, Kilmarnock, Derry City
Mark played youth football for Celtic and Partick Thistle before joining Falkirk in 2006. He scored within two minutes of his professional debut in a 5-0 win over Cowdenbeath. He went on to make nearly 80 appearances for the Bairns, scoring 19 goals. Mark joined Bradford in 2011 with the Yorkshire club paying Falkirk £213,000 for training and development compensation fees. He made 12 appearances for the club and went out on-loan to Hamilton during that period, He joined Dundee in 2012 where he made 15 appearances, scoring 3 goals. He had a trial for Luton Twon before joining Kilmarnock in August 2013. He made only four appearances for the Rugby Park Club before breaking his jaw in a training ground accident. He was released after five months and joined Derry City, scoring on his debut against Shamrock Rovers.
Signed for Rovers on June 23rd, 2014 and made his debut against Edinburgh City in a pre-season friendly on 9th July 2014. Mark was top league scorer in 2014-15 with 10 goals and signed a new 2 year contract on 28th May 2015.
10. Lewis Vaughan
Born: 19th December 1995, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: Graeme Peattie
Away Sponsor: Neil & Sean Langtree
Lewis was awarded a two and a half year professional contract by then manager John McGlynn in January 2012. Lewis impressed with his performances for the U-19 team having stepped up at the young age of 16.
Edinburgh based Lewis has been at Stark's Park since the age of 14, and is one of a crop of promising youngsters available to Grant Murray this season.
Lewis made his first team dubut in the final game of season 2011-12 coming on as a second half substitute in the 3-1 victory over Morton.
Lewis made 3 league appearances in 2012-13 season.
Lewis made a number of valuable contributions during the 2013-14 season with six assists and three goals.
In 2014-15 Lewis became more of a first team regular and went on to make 26 appearances, scoring 7 goals.
Mitch was manager Ray McKinnon's third signing when he joined Rovers on 5th June, 2015, Mitch has been capped at both under 17 and under 19 level for his country, scoring for each representative side. His last two years saw him regularly feature for Sons, scoring 16 goals in total and ended up the clubs top scorer last season with 12.
He started his career with his home town club Aberdeen joining in 2009 an going on to make over 30 appearances in a four year period.
12. Ross Matthews
Born: 23rd January 1996, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: I A Software Ltd
Away Sponsor: I A Software Ltd
One of four Academy graduates signed on a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013. Made his first team debut as a second half substitute in the friendly against Sheffield United in July 2013. Ross started at right back in the first friendly of the 2014-15 season against Edinburgh City at Meadowbank Stadium. He made his full first team start against Dumbarton in the last league game of the 2014-15 season. Ross was awarded the Malcolm Szpera award for Endeavour at the 2014-15 Supporter's Club Awards.
He signed a new 2 year contract in May 2015.
17. Ross Laidlaw
Born: 12th July 1992, Livingston
Home Sponsor: Red Circle Communicatiosn Ltd
Impressive young keeper who showed great promise and a safe pair of hands in his performances for the Under 19 side.
Ross made his first team debut for Rovers in a 5-0 win over Morton back in March 2012.
Ross has made a significant contribution in the 2012-13 season stepping in for the injured David McGurn and retaining his place with some confident performances well beyond his years. Ross made 7 first team appearances for Rovers in 2014-15, keeping two clean sheets and then spent the second half of the 2014-15 season on-loan at Elgin City. Ross signed a new deal on 26th June 2015.
18. Craig Wighton
Born: 27th July 1997
Previous Clubs: Dundee (parent club)
Craig joined Rovers on a 6-month loan deal in June 2015. Craig was capped at Under 15, Under 16 and Under 17 levels, scoring an international hat-trick in September 2013. He broke through to Dundee’s first team, where he became Dundee’s youngest ever goalscorer a few weeks later, scoring against Raith Rovers!!
Craig then featured regularly for Dundee both in the Championship and the Premiership, attracting interest from some English Premiership clubs, before joining Brechin City on loan for a short period towards the end of 2014-15 season, where he obviously also caught manager Ray McKinnon’s eye with his speed and his eye for goal.
Dundee boss Paul Hartley has now agreed that Craig’s development can be continued under Ray’s watchful eye.
20. David McGurn
Born: 14th September 1980, Glasgow
Home Sponsor: Gordon Pringle
Away Sponsor: David Codd
Previous Clubs: Greenock Morton
Began his senior career with Morton in 2003 when he was signed by John McCormick from Hillend Boy’s Club.Spent much of season 2003/04 on the sub’s bench but was a regular first choice keeper when Jim McInally replaced McCormick.
Signed for Raith in May 2008 and played an important part in helping Rovers to the 2nd Division Championship 2008/09 and continues to be first choice at Stark’s Park.
David is one of the best shotstoppers in the league and in season 2011-12 made some unbelievable stops to help Raith steer away from the relegation zone.
David was awarded the Manager's Player of the Year and Supporter's Player of the Year for season 2011-12.
He signed a new one-year, part-time contract in June 2013. David tore his achilles tendon in the game against Morton in October 2013. He went through an intense rehabilitation programme and is expected to return to action in July 2014. Signed a new contract on May 30th 2014.
Davie missed the first part of the 2014-15 season but make a fantastic recovery and went on to make 26 appearances and a fantastic catalogue of saves throughout the season. His great efforts were rewarded with the Raith Rovers Supporter's Club award for Player of the Year and also the Player's Player of the Year award.
In April 2015 he penned a deal that extends his contract for at least a further two years, with an additional one year extension hopefully kicking in thereafter.
21. Callum Robertson
Born: 12th July 1996, Livingston
Home Sponsor: David Greig
One of four Academy graduates signed on a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013.
Callum played in the 2-1 Fife Cup victory over Burntisland Shipyard in August 2014 and scored the opening goal in that game. He made his first league appearance as a late second half substitute in the final game of the 2014-15 season away at Dumbarton.
Callum signed a new one-year contract in May 2015.
22. David Bates
Born: 5th October 1996, Kirkcaldy
One of four Academy graduates signed on a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013. David started against both Edinburgh City and against St. Johnstone in the first two friendlies of the 2014-15 season.
David went out on-loan to East Stirlingshire at the start of 2015 going on to make 17 appearances and scoring in the 1-5 defeat against Albion Rovers in the final game of the season.
David signed a new one-year contract in May 2015.
23. Rory McKeown
Born: 8th April 1993, Belfast
Home Sponsor: John Greer
Away Sponsor: Fife's Finest
Previous Clubs: Kilmarnock, Cowdenbeath (loan)
Rory started his career as a youth team player for Ipswich Town. He went on to develop in the Ipswich under-18s and reserve teams before he was released in June 2011. He was signed by Kenny Shiels at Kilmarnock and scored on his competitive debut against Dundee United for the Rugby Park club. He joined Cowdenbeath on-loan in February 2014 and scored on his debut in their 2-0 victory over Dundee. His only other goal for Cowdenbeath was in the 2-1 win against Rovers back in April 2014. Signed for Rovers on June 23rd, 2014 and made his debut against Edinburgh City in a pre-season friendly on 9th July 2014.
Rory was an ever present in the 2014-15 season playing every minute of every league and cup fixture plus every friendly.
24. Laurie Ellis
Born: 7th November 1979, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: Stewart and Ali Biggar
Away Sponsor: Douglas Roberts
Previous Clubs: Links United, Raith Rovers, St Mirren, Raith Rovers, Cowdenbeath
Laurie was highly rated enough by the management team of Nicholl and Smith to be mentioned in first team contention within six months of signing. Ultimately he made 5 subs appearances before starting the last 4 games of the season.
In the process he established himself as one to watch in many fans' eye. Laurie started 1999-2000 as many people's choice for left back, but had to settle for a place on the sidelines as Greig McCulloch became the first choice left back, briefly. He only made a few appearances that season and new boss Peter Hetherston put him on the open to transfer list in the summer despite having a year left on his contract.
His attitude the following season though won over the boss and he started 27 matches with 4 subs appearances. He was then offered a new 2 year deal by Hetherston in the summer of 2001.
2001-2 was a mixed season for Laurie as he struggled to hold down a regular slot. His early season form was excellent but dipped a bit later on due to the in and out nature of his appearances.
A regular during the promotion winning season of 2002-3, Laurie enjoyed his best run of form in a Rovers jersey. However cost cuting led to his release in the summer of 2003 and he joined St Mirren on a 2 year deal.
On his second visit back to Stark's Park with Saints he was unfortunate enough to score an own goal in Rovers' 3-2 Bell's Cup win.
A regular in his first season with the Buddies, Laurie broke his leg just before Christmas 2003 but bounced back into the first team before the end of the season.
2004-5 saw fewer outings for Laurie with St Mirren but he did score against Rovers in April 2005.
Released by the Buddies in the summer of 2005, he was one of Gordon Dalziel's summer signings.
Virtually an ever present throughout Laurie had a steady season despite playing both at left-back and on the left of midfield. Discovered a previously hidden talent for scoring, netting 3 goals against Stirling Albion, Gretna and Dumbarton.
Off the park he coached the Rovers' U14s and also supported a number of Reclaim the Rovers events.
He was released by the club for a second time in the summer of 2006 and went on to enjoy spells with Cowdenbeath and Stirling Albion. Was re-signed by John McGlynn in May 2008 and made his 250th appearance for the club in a 3-1 victory over Queen of the South at Palmerston in August 2010
Marked his 300th appearance for the club by scoring the opening goal against Partick Thistle in October 2011.
Laurie received a serious injury in the match against Falkirk in April 2012 with his jaw being fractured in two places requiring two operations.
It is to Laurie's immense credit that he is back playing at his best in such a short period of time.
Laurie enjoyed a testimonial against Hearts back in July 2012 and made 23 league starts in 2012-13 season.
He is currently first team coach.
25. Elliot Ford
Born: 26th May 1996, Kirkcaldy
Home Sponsor: East Coast Properties
Away Sponsor: Alex Allan
Elliot is a second year apprentice having spent the first year with Hearts.
Glenrothes boy who came through the ranks of Kirkcaldy’s St John’s youth teams.
Can play both full back positions but predominantly left sided currently.
Elliot signed a new one-year contract in May 2015.
26. Jonny Court
Jonny signed a two-year apprenticeship with Rovers on June 20th, 2014.
27. Kieran Campbell
Kieran signed a two-year apprenticeship with Rovers on June 20th, 2014.
Rovers signed the former Partick Thistle player on Friday 26th June with manager Ray McKinnon going the extra mile by travelling to Gretna to meet English-born James, whose family is Preston-based, for signing talks.
James played for the Edinburgh University football side, while concentrating on his academic studies. He also turned out for the Scottish University side when they won the BUCS Home Nations Tournament. He was selected for the Great Britain University side at the 2011 Student Games in Japan, where the team finished runners-up
James made 26 Premiership appearances for Partick last season, scoring twice.
29. Sean Mackie
Promising full back Sean Mackie is the first player to graduate to Raith Rovers from the Fife Elite Football Academy. The youngster joined Raith Rovers as an apprentice professional on 4th June 2015.
31. Scott Law
Scott signed a two-year apprenticeship with Rovers on June 20th, 2014.
55. Craig Barr
Born: 29th March 1987, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: The Hilliard Family
Away Sponsor: Bill Gilby
Previous Clubs: Gretna, Queen of the South, Livingston, IFK Ostersund and Airdrieonians
Craig 'Mango' Barr joined Rovers on a pre contract agreement and finalised the move as the registration window opens. The experienced and versatile defender / midfielder ended this season with Airdrieonians, following a short spell with Swedish outfit Ostersunds. Craig previously spent a successful three year period at Livingston.
Craig grabbed the headlines in June 2014 when he officiated at his best friends wedding in New York after being ordained as a Humanist celebrant.
Craig spent the first half of the season on the Rovers treatment table and made his first team debut against Livingston at the end of February 2015 going on to make 13 appearances. He scored his first Rovers goal in the 1-3 defeat against Hearts in March 2015.
Craig signed a one-year contract extension in April which takes him through to the summer of 2016.
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