Raith Rovers have taken a significant step in securing a talented prospect to add to the first team squad – 16 year old striker Luke Mahady has signed a Modern Apprentice contract for the next 2 years, after impressing in training this week.

The tall frontman is a versatile striker – the Burntisland native started his football journey with Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts FC and has been training in the Celtic academy system since 2014.

The management team of John McGlynn and Paul Smith are delighted to have secured Luke’s signature – making use of their extensive range of contacts in the professional game to unearth the latest prospect to be added to the Rovers playing staff, with the club back in the SPFL Championship after an absence of 3 seasons.

There was also notable interest in the teenager’s services from clubs on both sides of the border.

Manager John McGlynn told www.raithrovers.net “Paul Smith and I are over the moon to attract another promising local player to the club,

Luke is a 6′ 1″ striker who has been part of the Celtic youth academy for the last 6 years, receiving excellent coaching during that time. It’s up to us now to help Luke develop even further and in time become a first team player for the club.

Luke trained with us on Monday and both Luke and ourselves liked what we saw – we quickly made him an offer which he accepted, beating off a lot of interest from other clubs.

As we have shown in the past, we will give youth it’s chance and with hard work and determination – allied to ability – we think Luke has a bright future.”

Luke’s parents Gillian and Lee added “The whole family are delighted that Luke has been given this opportunity with the Rovers, a club with a great reputation for developing young players.

He is very much looking forward to working with the coaching staff and getting to know the players.

It’s a great bonus to sign for your local team.”

Welcome to the Rovers Luke!

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