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.
2. Jason Thomson
Born: 26th July 1987, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: Bryce Phillips
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.
Callum was with the Hibs youth setup from the age of 10 years old. He progressed through the academy and played in the Hibs U-19 team that won the league and cup double in 2008-09. He had loan spells at both Arbroath and Brechin during the 2010-11 season. Colin Calderwood offered him a long term contract on return to Hibs in December 2010. He made his Hibs debut in January 2011 against Ayr United in the Scottish Cup. Scored his first Hibs goal in a 2-0 victory over Inverness CT in the February of that year. Moved on-loan to Livingston in August 2012 and went on to make 31 appearances.
Has joined Raith Rovers on-loan for the 2013-14 campaign.
4. Paul Watson
Born: 20th December 1990
Home Sponsor: Robyn Mennie
Away Sponsor: www.dbparchitects.co.uk
Previous Clubs: Livingston
Paul was in the same Hutchison Vale team as Johnny Brown (Brechin), Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) and Danny Galbraith (Limerick) but was spotted by a scout and taken down to Ipswich.
He was offered a contract at 14 and moved down south at the age of 15 moving into digs.
He settled really well and but unfortunately it didn’t work out as the Ipswich manager Jim Magilton felt he was too small to make it as a centre-back and Paul was released. The timing was unfortunate because before Paul could pack his bags Magilton was sacked and Roy Keane took over. With no games left to demonstrate his abilities to the new manager Paul made his way back North and joined Livingston in the summer of 2010.
Paul went on to help Livingston win the Scottish Third Division title in his first season at Almondvale. He also helped the West Lothian team to win the Second Division title the year after as Livingston made their way back up the leagues.
In total Paul made 116 appearances for Livingston over four seasons and scoring six goals in the process.
Former member of the very successful Falkirk Under 19 side, signed for Alloa in July 2004 before moving to Cowdenbeath where he won Players’ Player of the year and Fans’ Player of the year awards and a Third Division championship medal. After three seasons at Central Park, he returned to Alloa, and signed for Rovers in the summer of 2009. Dougie is a no-nonesense central defender who always gives 100% and stepped in to the role vacated by Mark Campbell extremely well. Dougie turned full-time in 2010 but returned to part-time, signing a new one-year contract in May 2012. Dougie scored in the first two competitive games of the 2012-13 season and has contributed goals throughout the campaign.
Signed a new one-year contract in May 2013.
Liam first started out as a youth team player for his local club Hearts before he graduated into the professional team playing alongside young talents such as Craig Gordon and Ian Black. However only making the match day team as a substitute once meant he was loaned out to Irish club Crusaders where he made 10 appearances and scored 1 goal. Signed for Inverness CT on his return to Scotland making 26 appearances scoring 4 goals.Moved to Livingston in 2006 and became a firm favourite with the fans. He made nearly 200 appearances for the Lions scoring 22 times. Scored in his final appearance for them in the last game of the 2012-13 season against Rovers.
Signed a one-year deal with Rovers in June 2013.
7. Joe Cardle
Born: 7th February 1987, Blackpool
Home Sponsor: Alan, Frazer and Rory Dyce
Away Sponsor: Bryan Fisher
Previous Clubs: Port Vale, Clyde, Airdrie Utd, Dunfermline
As a schoolboy Joe played for Lytham Juniors and Burnley before signing his first professional contract at Port Vale. He was with Port Vale for three years from August 2005 before going on-loan to Clyde in 2007-08. He made 10 appearances in the three months at Broadwood from September to November before returning to England after injury curtailed his time at Clyde.
He signed for Airdrie Utd in season 2008-09 and signed a pre contract with Dunfermline in January 2009. and went on to make 134 appearances and scored 24 goals for the club. He was an unfortunate victim of the redundancies made by the Pars following their financial difficulties. Joe is quick and skillful and can play on either side of the park.
Signed a new contract in the summer 2013.
8. Kevin Moon
Born: 8th June 1987, Perth
Home Sponsor: Ian Ferguson
Away Sponsor: Red Circle Communications
Previous Clubs: St. Johnstone, Forfar (on-loan), Alloa
Kevin got his first professional contract with St. Johnstone in 2004. He made his debut against Raith Rovers in the League Challenge Cup in 2004. He went on-loan to Forfar in 2006 and made 25 appearances for the club, being voted Players' Player of the Year and Fans' Player of the Year at the end of season awards. In total he spent 9 seasons at the Perth club having made 81 appearances before moving to Alloa in February 2013. Signed for Rovers in May 2013.
9. Greig Spence
Born: 6th July 1992, Dunfermline
Home Sponsor: Gordon Winter
Away Sponsor: John Winter
Previous Clubs: Alloa, Celtic, Hamilton (on-loan)
20 year-old Greig began his senior career with Alloa Athletic before signing for Celtic. He joined Hamilton on loan at the start of last season, where he regularly featured in the first team scoring 5 goals in the process.
Greig has quickly demonstrated that he is a natural goalscorer and regularly contributes to the goal tally. He was Grant Murray’s second signing of the summer 2012.
Greig made 41 appearances last season scoring 15 goals.
Signed a new one-year contract in June 2013.
Signed for Hearts in 2004 and made his senior debut as a substitute against Inverness CT in 2004. He scored his first Hearts goal against Inverness CT in December 2005. Went on-loan to Motherwell in 2006, Livingston 2008 and Dundee 2011 but that didn't stop him making over 100 appearances for Hearts. He moved to Lithuanian club Zaligris Vilnius in 2012 and made 39 appearances scoring 17 goals. On return to Scotland he helped Alloa secure promotion to the First Division.
He is a Scotland U-20 and U-21 international.
Signed a contract with Raith Rovers in June 2013.
11. Grant Anderson
Born: 20th August 1986, Rutherglen
Home Sponsor: Ian Cunningham
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.
12. Ross Callachan
Born: 4th September 1993, Scotland
Home Sponsor: Scott Clachers
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 and looks to be a real prospect for the future.
14. Reece Donaldson
Born: 9th January 1994, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: Bill Gilby
One of five young players whose performances in the youth sides earned him promotion to the senior squad with a full-time contract in June 2010. Impressive performances during the pre-season and start of 2011/2012 resulted in him being offered a contract extension in August 2011 that will see him at Stark's Park until the summer of 2014.
Reece made the right back position his own from the start of last season and was a regular for the first 6 months of the season showing a maturity beyond his age. He made the transition into the first team really well and shows a great appetite for the game.
He was voted Young Player of the Year for season 2011-12.
Reece made 4 starts in 2012-13 season.
15. Gordon Smith
Born: 14th February 1991, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: Neil Hutton
Previous Clubs: Livingston, Hearts, Stirling Albion (loan), Hamilton (loan)
Gordon only made 5 appearances for Livingston before moving to Tynecastle in 2009. Manager Csaba Laszlo quickly promoted him to the first team with Gordon making his debut as a second half substitute against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League. He also endeared himself to the Hearts faithful by scoring his first goal in his first league appearance in a 1-1 draw with Hibs. In 2010-11 season he went out on loan to Stirling Albion making 34 appearances before returning to Hearts and making another Europa League appearance against Tottenham.
Gordon is the brother of former Rovers favourite Kevin Smith and everyone at Stark's Park are hopeful that Gordon will make as good an impact. Signed a one-year contract in June 2013.
16. Laurie Ellis
Born: 7th November 1979, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: John Greer
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.
17. Ross Laidlaw
Born: 12th July 1992, Livingston
Home Sponsor: Red Circle Communicatiosn Ltd
Away Sponsor: Jean Paterson
Impressive young keeper who has shown great promise and a safe pair of hands in his performances for the Under 19 side. Regular No2 to David McGurn.
He 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.
Made 12 starts for the team in the 2012-13 season and signed a new 2 year contract in May 2013.
18. Grant Murray
Born: 29th August 1975, Edinburgh
Home Sponsor: Kirsteen Wright
Previous Clubs: Hearts, St Johnstone, Partick Thistle, Kilmarnock
Initially signed on a two year player contract in July 2009. Grant is a very versatile player who has played in many position across the back four as well as midfield. He began his career at Hearts, signing for the Edinburgh club in season 1996/97. In 2001 he moved to St Johnstone, and after two seasons at McDiarmid Park he signed for Partick Thistle. He moved to Kilmarnock in 2006 and was released in June 2009.
John McGlynn installed Grant as club captain for season 2011-12. He was voted the Player's Player of the Year for season 2011-12.
With John McGlynn's departure to Hearts Grant's leadership qualities, experience and contribution to the club made him an obvious choice for the Board of Director's as the next club manager and he signed on a 2-year contract in July 2012.
Kevin began his career at Easter Road in 2006 and secured his first senior honour, picking up a CIS Cup Winners medal in 2007.
Kevin was unfortunate to be a victim of the constant change of manager at Easter Road forcing to get first team experience elsewhere. He spent a loan period up at Terry Butcher’s Inverness which was unfortunately curtailed due to a knee injury. He did become a regular in that Inverness team in the SPL. Manager Tery Butcher stating that he would have signed Kevin but for injury. At the end of the 2010-11 season it was made clear that he did not feature in Colin Calderwood’s future plans. During his period with Hibs he gained four U-21 Scotland caps during that time.
Kevin signed a short-term deal with Morton at the start of the 2011-12 season and made 12 appearances for the Greenock club.
At the start of the 2012-13 season Kevin signed for Livingston on a one-year contract.
Kevin went on to make 30 appearances for the West Lothian club last season and played in all four games against Rovers including the last game of the season.
21. Lewis Vaughan
Home Sponsor: Neil & Sean Langtree
Away Sponsor: Rovers Down South
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.
22. Jamie Watson
Home Sponsor: Grace Fowlie & Laurie Hendry
Another young player who graduated from the Raith Rovers Youth Academy.
Seventeen year old Jamie Watson has worked hard and earned the opportunity to progress as a Full Time Apprentice.
He signed a two year contract in June 2012.
John McGlynn said when signing both Jamie and Liam Gordon “The two lads have shown a lot of promise whilst playing in the youth set up and now have the chance to develop even further by coming in full time for 2 years.”
23. Ross Matthews
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.
24. Liam McCroary
Home Sponsor: Rovers Down South
One of four Academy graduates signed on a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013.
25. Callum Robertson
Home Sponsor: Ben Clark
Away Sponsor: Robert Cefferty
One of four Academy graduates signed on a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013.
26. David Bates
Home Sponsor: www.Timbershack.biz
One of four Academy graduates signed on a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013.
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