Previous Clubs: St Johnstone, Morton, Ayr United and Hamilton
With thirteen years stopping goals, Cuthbert, known as “The Cat”, was a key member of Accies promotion winning team in the 2013-14 season where his last actions were saving two penalties in that dramatic and unforgettable Premiership play-off shoot out at Easter Road in May 2014. Barely two months later, having made over 260 appearances for his former teams, Cuthbert made his Rovers’ debut against Inverness Caledonian Thistle in a pre-season friendly on 19th July 2014. Kevin established himself as the number one choice in the 2015-16 season and was ever-present in all competitive games, being awarded both the Manager’s and Players’ Player of the Year awards for 2015-16 season. In April 2016, he signed a contract extension, committing himself to Raith Rovers until summer 2018. Cuthbert made twenty-four competitive appearances for Rovers in 2016-17 but missed the final four months of the season through injury. Barry Smith has made Kevin the First Team coach for the 2017-18 season.
Born: 19th February 1993, Sydney, Australia
Previous Clubs: Australian Institute of Sport, Queens Park Rangers, Maidenhead Utd (on loan), Concord Rangers (on loan), Hayes & Yeading
Lennox is an Australian professional footballer who has represented Australia on numerous occasions at youth level. Having previously been on the books of Queens Park Rangers, on loan to both Maidenhead Utd and Concord Rangers, moving to Hayes & Yeading Utd and then on to Aberdeen, he was spotted by the Rovers’ management team last season. A deal was agreed with Aberdeen to take 23-year old Aaron on-loan for the 2016-17 season on 20th June 2016. Lennox made his Rovers’ debut coming on for Kevin Cuthbert at half-time in the first pre-season friendly of the 2016-17 season against Forfar Athletic. However, on 10th January 2017, Aaron sustained a serious injury in a bounce game against Dundee United at St Andrews, with a broken jaw and two fractured bones in his hand. Aaron returned to his parent club following his injury but Rovers snapped up the goalkeeper on his release from Pittodrie and he has started the 2017-18 season as No. 1.
Born: 18th February 1999, Melbourne, Australia
Previous Clubs: South Melbourne FC, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Rory originally signed as an amateur back in March 2017. Under FIFA Regulations we were unable to register Australian Rory during the January transfer window as he only turned 18 in February. He was a member of the successful Development League East league winning team in 2016-17.
Rory came on as a second half substitute in the 2-1 victory over Clyde in the pre-season friendlies and then went on to play 90 minutes against Dunfermline, keeping a clean sheet in the 3-0 victory. Rory signed a 2 year pro apprenticeship on 10th August 2017.
Born: 3rd October 1982
Previous Clubs: Kilmarnock, Rangers, St. Johnstone, St. Mirren, Peterhead
Graeme joined Rovers on Wednesday 23rd August on a short-term contract until January 2018.
Bellshill born Graeme started his senior career at Kilmarnock in 2000. He had loan spells at Queen's Park and Stenhousemuir during his 7 years at Rugby Park and he made 43 appearances for Kilmarnock before leaving to join Rangers in 2007. He made only one appearance for the Ibrox men although was on the bench for the 2007-08 Scottish Cup final win over Queen of the South and also the UEFA Cup Final defeat against Zenit St. Petersburg. He joined St. Johnstone in 2009 and made 38 appearances and moved to St. Mirren in 2011. He moved to Peterhead in 2012 and played 158 times for the club and was an integral member of the 2013-14 title winning team. He was also selected in the 2013-14 PFA League Two team of the year.
Benedictus signed for Raith Rovers on 10 June 2015 and made his first team debut in a pre-season friendly against Hearts on 7th July 2015. It wasn't long before Kyle got himself on the Rovers scoresheet when he scored the second goal in a 3-0 victory over Albion Rovers at Stark’s Park in the first round of the League Cup. On 12th January 2017, Benedictus signed a further one-year contract extension, taking him through to the summer of 2018. He made 30 league appearances in the 2016-17 season, playing various defensive positions.
Bene is the current club captain.
Born: 14th January 1984, Kirkcaldy
Home Sponsor: Andy Mill
Away Sponsor: MacDonald Rusacks Hotel
Previous Clubs: Sunderland, Brechin City, Scarborough, Raith Rovers, Dundee
A member of the Raith Rovers Hall of Fame, “Davo” first joined the Rovers in July 2004 and went on to make two hundred and ninety appearances before leaving to join Dundee in May 2012. He played seventy-five times for Dundee before being released in May 2015 and returned to Stark’s Park, much to the delight of the fans. As the 2015-16 season commenced, Davidson scored in the 2-1 League Cup win over Hamilton at the end of August 2015. In the game against Queen of the South on 12 December 2015, he broke his nose but went on to play the following week against Morton despite the injury. Davidson extended his Rovers contract for two years in April 2016. He made twenty-six league appearances in 2016-17, scoring one goal in the 4-2 win against Falkirk that October. Davidson has extended his contract until summer 2018.
Born: 20th January 1994, Rutherglen
Home Sponsor: Adam Vallot Memorial Fund
Away Sponsor: Bryan Fisher
Previous Clubs: Motherwell, Clyde, Western United, Stenhousemuir, Barrow, Southport
Euan was one of Barry Smith’s triple signings in June 2017 and is highly rated by the manager. Having played in the Solomon Islands, England and Scotland, Murray has already made his mark in the lead up to the new season. His first outing in a Rovers’ shirt was against Edinburgh City at Ainslie Park on 5th July when Murray lined up beside Iain Davidson.
At Buckie, almost three weeks later, Murray was a steady presence and supplied a healthy throw in, which finished at the feet of Spence, resulting in a goal. He then delivered the ball to the edge of the box, allowing Buchanan to roll it past Buckie’s number one.
Born: 26th July 1987, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: David Greig
Away Sponsor: Jay Adamson Anthony
Previous Clubs: Loanhead Boys’ Club, Hearts Youth Academy, Hearts, Livingston on loan, Dunfermline on loan
Thomson came to Raith Rovers on loan from Hearts on 2nd March 2012 until the end of the season. He made his debut the following day, playing the full match in a 5-0 win over Greenock Morton and helped the club move away from the relegation zone at the end of the season. He made a permanent move to Stark’s Park that summer and has been club captain under three managers. In 2012 – 13, the full-back secured both the Players’ Player of the Year and the Supporters’ Club Player of the Year awards. He was ever present in the 2014-15 season, playing every minute of every league and cup game. Thomson signed a 2-year contract in March 2016, which will see him stay at the club until the summer of 2018.
Born: 15th July 1993, Glenrothes
Home Sponsor: Gordon Adamson
Previous Clubs: Hearts, Kilmarnock
Defender Kevin McHattie signed for Rovers on a one year deal on June 17th, 2016.
The former Hearts and Kilmarnock star, who also has earned 6 Scotland Under 21 caps, previously worked under manager Gary Locke at both of these clubs making a total of 93 appearances in the Premiership.
Kevin is a local lad and went to Auchmuty High School in Glenrothes and his family are all Rovers supporters.
Kevin made his Rovers debut in a 2-0 defeat against Forfar Athletic in a pre-season friendly on 28th June, 2016.
Kevin re-signed for Rovers on a one year contract on 12th August 2017.
Born: 17th June 1998, Livingston
Previous Clubs: Hibernian, Raith Rovers Development Squad
McKay hugely impressed the management team in the 2014-15 season, both in the development matches, in which he featured as a trialist, and also in training. Released by Hibernian after 4 years on their books, he came to the attention of the Development Coach at the time and was invited to join training sessions. When he was pitched into action in the U20 Development squad, he shone out as an excellent prospect and the management moved quickly to secure his signature. Dave played a major part in the success of the U20 Development Team last season and lifted the trophy as captain of the side. He has already made first team appearances in this season’s pre-friendlies, as well as playing his first ninety minutes in the Scottish League Cup game against Cowdenbeath.
Born: 5th June 1998, Belshill
Previous Clubs: East Kilbride FC, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Josh joined Rovers as an amateur from East Kilbride FC on 13th September 2016. He has previously played for Scotland U18 against England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. He settled into the squad immediately and was a permanent fixture alongside Dave McKay at the heart of the defence where he produced some excellent performances. He even volunteered to play in goal for the Development team in a fixture against Stirling Albion when traffic chaos prevented a number of players getting to the game in time for kick-off.
Josh signed a 2 year apprenticeship contract on 10th August 2017,
Born: 3rd October 2000, Edinburgh
Previous Clubs: Fife Elite Football Academy
Fife Elite Football Academy (FEFA) graduate Euan Valentine put pen to paper on a two year contract in May 2017 joining the club as a Modern Apprentice.
Euan made 15 appearances for the Development team last season.
Coach Craig Easton said "He’s even been involved in bounce games with the first team and it’s been great to see him handle everything we’ve thrown at him at such a young age. He’s a tenacious full-back who takes a pride in defending, but he loves to get forward and join in the attack and delivers dangerous balls from the left hand side. His attitude and determination is superb and he’s exactly the type of character we’re looking for at Raith Rovers.”.
Born: 17th June 1999, Kirkcaldy
Previous Clubs: Raith Rovers Youth Academy, Hutchison Vale Boys Club, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Watson is another local lad, a former Balwearie High School pupil and Hutchison Vale BC Player. He was part of the Raith Rovers Academy along with partners in crime, Fionn McLeod Kay and James Berry. Last season, Jamie was one of the most consistent performers for the Development Squad and he made a total of 30 appearances, mainly at right back, scoring 1 goal. Jamie was on the bench for the first team for the opening game of the 2017/18 league campaign against Alloa.
Born: 23rd June 1988, Glasgow
Home Sponsor: Daniel Gilmour
Away Sponsor: Jim & Graeme Paul
Previous Clubs: St Johnstone, Albion Rovers, Livingston, East Fife (on loan), Ayr United, Brechin City, Greenock Morton
Bobby signed a pre-contract agreement on a two-year deal with Raith Rovers, with his signing being confirmed at the end of May 2016. The hard working and skilful winger made his Rovers’ debut on 28th June against Forfar Athletic in a pre-season friendly and, in the 2016-17 season, he made 29 league appearances, scoring 1 league goal.
Born: 23rd January 1996, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: IA Software
Away Sponsor: IA Software
Previous Clubs: Edinburgh City (Youth), Royston Rangers Boys’ Club, Raith Rovers Football Academy
Matthews is another Academy graduate who signed a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013, making his first team debut as a second half sub in the friendly against Sheffield United in July 2013. He started at right back in the first friendly of the 2014-15 season against Edinburgh City at Meadowbank Stadium and made his full first team start against Dumbarton in the last league game of that same season, being awarded the Malcom Szpera award for Endeavour at the 2014-15 Supporters’ Club Awards. He signed a new two-year contract in May 2015 and made his first start of the 2015-16 season in a pre-season friendly against East Fife in July 2015. Matthews’ first competitive start against Stenhousemuir in the Petrofac Cup came in August but the highlight of his 2015-16 season was his performance against Celtic in the League Cup, when he was praised for his outstanding and dominant performance in the middle of the park. Matthews scored his first senior Rovers goal in the first league game of the 2016-17 season on 6th August 2016 in a 2-0 win at Somerset Park against Ayr United. Having established himself in the team in 2016-17, he was rewarded with an extended contract, taking Ross through to the summer of 2019. He made twenty-four league appearances in 2016-17, scoring twice against Ayr United and Morton.
Born: 7th April 1985, Dundee
Home Sponsor: Paul Cater
Away Sponsor: David Grieg
Previous Clubs: Dundee, Peterhead on loan, Balmoor on loan, Dundee United, Blackpool, Hibernian, Botosani,
The twice-capped Scottish Internationalist was snapped up by the Rovers in October 2015 until the end of the season and Robertson extended his contract by a year. The 2016-17 season was, however, plagued with injury and he made only one appearance in the final play-off match against Brechin City. Barry Smith has made Scott a First Team Coach this season and his performances in the pre-season friendlies and the Scottish League Cup games show him to be an important player this season.
Born: 24th April 1997, Victoria, Canada
Previous Clubs: Hearts (current club)
Dario have signed 20 year old winger / midfielder Dario Zanatta on a Development Loan (until the end of the season) from Heart of Midlothian FC.
Dario has represented Canada at under 16, under 18 and under 20 levels and has spent 2 loan spells at Queens Park since joining the Jambos in 2015, who he played 14 games for in seasons 2015-16 & 2016-17.
Dario made his Rovers debut as a second half substitute in the 2-1 victory over Ayr United on 9th September 2017.
Born: 1st February 1994, Coatbridge
Home Sponsor: Grace Fowlie
Previous Clubs: Celtic
John has been training with Barry Smith’s squad for several weeks and arrives at Starks Park with a wealth of experience, having started his football career at Celtic and then moving south to Blackpool in League 1 and 2. In addition, he had loan spells at Fife clubs Cowdenbeath and Dunfermline Athletic.
A skilful playmaker, John has won Scotland caps at every level from u15 to u21 from 2009 to 2014.
John made his Rovers debut as a first half substitute in the 2-1 victory over Ayr United on 9th September 2017.
Born: 17th October 1999, Edinburgh
Previous Clubs: Fife Elite Football Academy, AM Soccer, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Kyle is a graduate of the Fife Elite Football Academy. Before joining the Rovers, he had been playing men’s football for AM Soccer Amateurs. After making an impact in his trial period, Kyle was signed in January 2017. An all action midfielder, Kyle loves to win possession and drive forward to instigate attacks. Was on the first team bench last season and has also featured in the squad in pre-season.
Born: 11th June 1999, Kirkcaldy
Previous Clubs: Raith Rovers Youth Academy, Fife Elite Football Academy, Raith Rovers Development Squad
A local lad and a product of the Raith Rovers Youth Academy since the age of 10, Berry has progressed through all age groups of the Academy and featured in the Development Team in 2015-16 season. He signed for his hometown club on 24th May 2016 and made his senior Raith Rovers’ debut as a second half substitute against Arbroath on 9th July 2016 in a pre-season friendly. Berry was also a part of the successful 2016-17 Development League East winning team and was awarded the Malcolm Szpera Award at the end of that season. He made his first team start against Clyde on 8th July 2017, playing the full 90 minutes.
Fionn McLeod Kay
Born: 28th May 1999, Kirkcaldy
Previous Clubs: St John’s Rovers Boys’ Club, Raith Rovers Youth Academy, Glenrothes Juniors, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Local boy, Fionn, has been with the Rovers Academy since the age of ten, having played previously with St John’s Rovers Boys’ Club. Fionn signed his first professional contract in January 2017 as a modern apprentice. He made three appearances for the Development team last season and scored an excellent goal against Dunfermline in the Fife Cup to take the game to penalties. Fionn is an exciting player who has the ability to change a game.
Born: 18th January 1999, Falkirk
Previous Clubs: Syngenta Juveniles FC, Hearts Youth Academy, Fife Elite Football Academy, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Originally, Stevenson was at Syngenta Juveniles FC before joining Hearts and playing for all age groups, from U10 through to U17s. Stevenson spent a short time at the Fife Elite Football Academy before he signed a two-year modern apprenticeship with Rovers in May 2016. He was a massive part of Craig Easton’s Development Squad last season, scoring an impressive 13 goals from midfield. Good on the ball, he times his runs well to support the play. In the important run in for the league title, Ryan scored 8 in 9 games and is a real threat from set pieces around the box.
Born: 17th December 1997, Taipei
Home Sponsor: Neeburs O Geordie Munro
Previous Clubs: Hong Kong Football Club, Hong Kong Dragons
Thorsen signed for Raith Rovers on 26 July 2016 and is contracted until the summer of 2018. The young Dane has played for Hong Kong Football Club and Hong Kong Dragons, having previously spent a year in Denmark at Oure Football Academy. He has previously had trials with St Johnstone and Rangers. Thorsen was a key part Craig Easton’s development team, making 20 appearances and scoring 5 goals in all competitions. A skilful attacking player who links the play well, Andreas signed a one-year professional contract in July.
Born: 27th March 1985, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: G-Loc, Al Shaheen, Qatar
Away Sponsor: Red Circle Communications
Previous Clubs: Cowdenbeath, Partick Thistle, Dunfermline Ath, Sligo Rovers, Airdrie, Ayr United, East Fife, Alloa Athletic, Livingston
A prolific scorer with every team he has played for, Buchanan was one of three signings made by Barry Smith on 9 June 2017. He first donned a Rovers’ jersey on 6th July, when preparations for the new season kicked off at Ainslie Park against Edinburgh City. Days later, Buchanan scored against Clyde in the 15th minute then, in a challenge match against Dunfermline Athletic, he scored yet again – his second goal in three days. Obviously, the long trip to Buckie had no negative impact as Buchanan scored a brace within five minutes. Then, as the last game before the league begins in earnest, he scored yet again against his former team, Cowdenbeath.
Born: 6th July 1992, Dunfermline
Home Sponsor: Bryce Phillips
Away Sponsor: The Path Tavern
Previous Clubs: Rangers youth team, Alloa Athletic, Celtic, Hamilton on loan, Raith Rovers, Alloa Athletic, Cowdenbeath, Alloa Athletic
Spence first signed for Raith Rovers on 18th July 2012 and he was a member of the team that won 1-0 against Rangers in the 2014 Scottish Challenge Cup Final at Easter Road. In the two seasons he wore a Rovers jumper, he made 78 appearances and scored 27 goals.
Manager Barry Smith brought Spence back to Stark’s Park at the beginning of the 2017-18 season, scoring his first goal against Buckie Thistle.
Vaughan started as an U14 player for Raith Rovers, progressing up the age groups, and he impressed with his performances for the U19s, having stepped up at the tender age of 16. On 11th January 2012, he was given and 2 ½ year professional contract, making his debut for the first team as a sub in the 87th minute in the final match of the 2011-12 season, away to Greenock Morton. He made 3 league appearances in 2012 – 13 season, making a number of valuable contributions, with 6 assists and 3 goals. The following season, Vaughan became more of a first team regular, making 26 appearances and scoring 7 goals. Season 2015 – 16 started full of promise for this young striker but he picked up a serious injury, rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament and didn't play another game that season. Again, he signed another year long contract, taking him through to the summer of 2017. However, on the very day - 4th January 2017 - he signed a one-year contract extension, he joined fellow Scottish Championship side, Dumbarton, on loan until the end of the 2016-17 season. On his return to Stark’s Park, he was welcomed back warmly by management, players and fans alike.
Home Sponsor: RRFC Supporters Club
Away Sponsor: Rovers Down South
Previous Clubs: Hibs’ Youth Academy, Raith Rovers Youth Academy
Court signed a two-year apprenticeship with Raith Rovers on June 20th 2014. He made a substitute appearance against Aberdeen in a pre-season friendly in July 2015, then gained invaluable experience out on loan to East Stirling, where he scored the SPFL 5000th goal of the season on Saturday 17th October 2015 when he scored for East Stirling in their 2-0 win over Elgin City. In 2015-16, the striker was awarded the Malcom Szpera Award and he signed a one-year contract extension on 20th May 2016. He made six first team appearances in 2016-17 season and scored on his first senior team start in the 2-1 victory over Ayr United on 6th May 2017. He scored 11 goals for the Development Squad last season which contributed to the team’s league title success. Jonny has recently signed a one-year extension contract for Raith Rovers, keeping him on the books until summer 2018.
Born: 19th February 1998, Swaziland
Home Sponsor: Lesley Mill
Previous Clubs: John Madejski Academy in Reading, Chalfont St Peter
Having scored and impressed the Raith Rovers’ management team in a pre-season friendly against Arbroath, Osei signed a professional contract with Raith Rovers on 14th July 2016. One day later, he made his professional debut as a substitute in the Scottish League Cup win over Cove Rangers. His first senior team start was in the 2-1 victory over Montrose on 19th July 2016 in the 2016-17 Betfred Cup and made his league debut on 11 March 2017. He was an important member of Craig Easton’s U20 team last season, scoring 13 goals in the league and 16 overall, including a hat-trick against Alloa. Yaw signed a one-year professional contract in July 2017.
Previous Clubs: Glenrothes Strollers, Fife Elite Football Academy, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Kieran can play up front or in midfield and joined as a first year apprentice from the Fife Elite Football Academy in the summer of 2017. He made eleven appearances for the Development team last season and made a valuable contribution in the games which secured the Development League East title. As such, coach, Craig Easton, felt Kieran had earned his two-year apprenticeship contract and with some hard working performances.
Born: 18th February 2000, Kirkcaldy
Previous Clubs: Fife Elite Football Academy, Raith Rovers Development Squad
Smith was awarded a two-year apprenticeship with Raith Rovers at the start of this season due to his talent, performances and hard work when playing and training with FEFA and Raith Rovers. He spent four weeks at the world famous Benfica Football Academy in April. An important member of Craig Easton’s U20 Development squad, Jack made 11 appearances, scoring twice.
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