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.
He broke his right fibula in the game against Ayr United at Stark's Park on 9th September 2017, an injury that kept him out until late January 2018. He made his return appearance for the Development team in a 4-1 victory over Livingston on 30th January and played the full 90 minutes on his first team return in the 2-1 victory over Airdrieonians on February 10th.
Kyle signed a new one-year contract on 29th May 2018.
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. Iain made his 400th appearance against Arbroath on 7th April 2018. He was named Supporter's Player of the Year and Fife Autocentre Player Of The Year for 2017-18. Davo signed a new 1 year contract on May 17th 2018.
Born: 17th June 1998, Livingston
Home Sponsor: Rae Phillips
Away Sponsor: Bill Gilby
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. He made 25 appearances in the 2017-18 season and is contracted through until the end of the 2018-19 season.
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. Euan was named as the Manager's Player of the Year for 2017-18. He signed a new 2 year contract on 17th May 2018.
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.”.
On 31st January Euan joined Broxburn Athletic. Euan is comfortable defending and attacking down the left flank and joins Broxburn to gain competitive match experience.
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. He made his first team debut in the 3-1 victory over St. Mirren in the Challenge Cup third round on 7th October 2017. Jamie made 7 first team appearances during the 2017-18 season. He signed a two year professional contract on 22nd May 2018.
Born: 11th June 1999, Kirkcaldy
Home Sponsor: Tom and Kitty Beaugie
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.
Previous Clubs: St Mirren, Annan Athletic (loan), East Fife (loan), Elgin City (loan)
Born: 2nd July 1991
Previous Clubs: Hamilton, Dundee United
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 47 appearances in 2017-18, scoring twice.
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.
On 31st January 2018 Ryan joined Bo’ness United on-loan until the end of the season. He has performed consistently for Raith Rovers under 20’s in the Development League East this season as well as being a key player in the league winning team last season, and joined the B.U.’s (his local team) to gain competitive match experience in the SJFA East Superleague. Ryan signed a one year professional contract on 22nd May 2018.
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. Lewis made 35 league appearances in season 2017-18 scoring 15 league goals. Lewis scored in 11 consecutive games at the start of the 2017-18 season. Lewis is contracted through until end of 2018-19 season.
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.
Liam acted as club captain when Kyle Benedictus was out through injury during 2017-18 season. Liam is currently contracted through to the end of the 2018-19 season.
Born: 30th January 1994
Previous Clubs: Partick, Forfar (loan), Queens Park (loan), Dumbarton (loan), East Fife
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.