Following on from Robbie Thomson is 22 year old defender David McKay who has signed a 1 year extension to his contract (which was due to run out this summer).
Having injured his cruciate ligament just before the previous season ended, Dave underwent a successful operation in August and has been working hard in his rehabilitation. He has been running well at training sessions, and is on track to be fit for the new season.
Dave was first signed by the Rovers at the start of the 2016-17 season after coming through the youth system ranks at Hibernian FC, and quickly became a key part of the Rovers Reserve squad that would go on to win the SPFL Development League (East) 2 seasons in succession.
He spent a short period of time on loan at Montrose, and made his Rovers debut at the start of season 2016-17 in a pre-season friendly, making 25, 26 and 26 appearances over the course of the next 3 seasons playing mainly at centre back (but also at right back when required), culminating in a League 1 winners medal last season.
In his Rovers career to date Dave has made 79 appearances (57 of them starts), scoring 3 goals.
Speaking exclusively to www.raithrovers.net, manager John McGlynn said: “With regards to Dave McKay signing an extension to his contract, I feel I have to give the Board of Director’s enormous credit for the way Raith Rovers FC look after all their players, not just Dave McKay.
Dave got injured one year ago in February 2020 but due to the lockdown couldn’t get his operation until August – the club looked after Dave and made sure he got the operation as soon as possible.
At the moment Dave is working hard on his rehab and will definitely be back for next season but once again the club have taken the initiative and offered Dave this contract now, rather than waiting until he is back playing. This gives Dave the reassurance that he doesn’t have to prove his fitness, he can continue his rehab with peace of mind knowing he has a contract and can take his time rather than rush back to convince everyone that he’s fit and able to play next season.
When I spoke with Dave he was delighted the club had made him this offer even though he is still working hard to get back to fitness. He has also showed the club mutual respect by quickly agreeing to sign the contract offered.
We look forward to working with Dave next season and hope that he can get game time right from the start of the season. He is a great age and has gained vital experience already, he’s obviously been watching all our games this season and he will know what he has to do when he returns to full fitness”.