With the International Transfer Window now closed, the club and manager John McGlynn would like to summarise the activity we have been involved in, and place on record our thanks to the various clubs and individuals involved:
Our Transfer activity started in the middle of January, with German striker Lars Lokotsch completing his loan spell and returning to Livingston FC in the middle of January.
Lars featured in 7 league games, scoring 1 goal in the victory at Alloa and leaves with our thanks and best wishes for the future back home in Germany. As stated when Lars joined us, we also thank Dave Martindale at Livingston for assisting with this loan.
Next up was the loan signing of Kai Kennedy, who has already shown what a good acquisition he will be.
Kai was out on loan with Inverness but couldn’t settle living away from home, so to get the call from Craig Mulholland at Rangers asking if we would be interested was a shock, which didn’t take long for the management team to get over. The answer was “yes, of course we would be interested”! Thankfully that worked out and I’m sure the Rovers fans are enjoying watching him play, especially his goal against Dundee on Saturday. Big thanks are owed to everyone at Rangers FC, and in particular Craig Mulholland.
Unfortunately for us, shortly after Kai Kennedy joined Derek McInnes recalled Ethan Ross to Aberdeen FC. Ethan featured in 15 games (12 of them starts) had electric pace, good skill and as he showed against Alloa he can score goals. He was well liked by everyone at the club and was a joy to work with, he always had a smile on his face and gave everything in training and in games. We wish Ethan all the very best for the rest of his career and thank Derek McInnes, Paul Sheerin and Steven Gunn at Aberdeen for allowing Ethan to come out on loan to Kirkcaldy.
With the deadline for International Loans ending at midnight on Monday, there was activity towards the end of last week, firstly with striker Timmy Abraham arriving on loan from English Premier League side Fulham FC until the end of the season, on Friday afternoon.
Obviously, we have been monitoring the progress of Kieron Bowie who left the Rovers for London at the start of the season and so have maintained regular contact with the Academy coaches at Fulham. In particular we would like to thank Huw Jennings for his assistance in securing the services of Timmy.
Whilst Timmy was training for the first time with the squad, the club were also busy securing another loan into the club for the remainder of the season, with midfielder Adam King joining from SPFL Premiership side Dundee United.
Adam is a central midfield player who made a very impressive start to his career at Hearts which earned him a move to Swansea City. Adam has gained lots of experience from a few loan deals down in England, and Robbie Neilson brought Adam back up north to Dundee United but he’s not played much this season. The Rovers management team believe Adam has a lot to offer, and if he can get back to the form which got him a move to Swansea then we can benefit from his performances. He adds power, strength and ability which we will no doubt need before the end of the season. Thanks are extended to Tony Ashgar, Micky Mellon and Stevie Frail for allowing Adam to come out on loan.
The final loan move was finalised on Monday evening from the Scottish Premiership, when forward Jamie Gullan signed until the end of the season from Hibernian.
A player well known to the Rovers supporters, players and coaching staff over his previous two loan stints (where he played 32 games, scoring 10 goals), Jamie is relishing the chance to play for the Rovers in the SPFL Championship, and will add another element to the teams attacking options. Jamie is delighted to come back and can’t wait to get going, he gives us a different option in attack to what we have and he will definitely play his part in our push to finish as high as we possibly can by the end of the season. Thanks to Graeme Mathie and everyone at Hibs for letting Jamie come back to the Rovers for the third time.
Commenting on the recent activity, manager John McGlynn talked to raithrovers.net:
“The Rovers squad is now as strong as any squad I have had in my time at the Rovers – normally deadline day comes and goes and we’re not taking part, so it was exciting on Monday to be right in the mix.
It was late on Monday afternoon when Hibs got in contact regarding Jamie Gullan but by around 8.30pm the deal was confirmed – as I said earlier this squad and in particular the attacking options we have must be the best I have had in my time at the club.
We are determined to have a right go in the 2nd half of the season to finish as high as possible. I believe this squad can do that – we may need to rotate the squad in positions where we have options to keep everyone competing for a place in the team, keep them fresh, keep them on their toes but ultimately performing well.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Raith Rovers Board of Directors for making it possible to bring in the players to give us that strength and depth in the squad to go right to the end of the season“.