Raith Rovers Football Club can today confirm that Co-Captain Ross Matthews has extended his contract until May 2025.

Ross has made 289 appearances for Raith Rovers and scored 19 goals in his time. This puts Ross in 30th place in the all-time Raith Rovers appearance list.

Speaking exclusively to raithrovers.net, Ross commented, “I’m delighted to re-sign in my testimonial year and am looking forward to getting back out there next season. The club is definitely on the rise and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

Manager Ian Murray also said, “It’s great we have managed to keep Ross in his testimonial season. Our aim was to get him back and playing, and the fact we’ve got him back is testament to our medical team and Ross’ strength. He’s a versatile player with quality and there is more to come. I’ve enjoyed working with Ross and look forward to doing so again

One of our own as a graduate of the old Raith Rovers Youth Academy, he signed a two-year apprenticeship in May 2013. His first appearance then came in a pre-season friendly against Sheffield United in July 2013.

Ross made his first start against Dumbarton on the last day of the season on Saturday, 2nd of May 2015. The game finished 2-2. Two weeks later, Ross was offered and signed a two-year contract.

Within the first three months of the following season, 19-year-old Ross had played at both Ibrox and Parkhead for Raith Rovers and started at home against Hibs. Manager at the time Ray McKinnon liked to choose Ross Matthews for the big occasions.

Ross then established himself as a first team regular, going on to make his 150th appearance against Stranraer in the 2018/19 season.

He was also part of John McGlynn’s team that won promotion back to the Championship in 2019/20.

In 2022/23, Ross played a pivotal part in Rovers’ Challenge Cup win, scoring a wonderful goal in the Semi-Final against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. He deputised for the suspended captain Kyle Benedictus and wore the armband in the Final win over Queen of the South.

Ross then suffered an injury that kept him out of action for just short of two years. His last start for the Club came against Hamilton on the 23rd of March 2022 in a 2-0 win at New Douglas Park before he returned to the matchday squad for the 4-3 win over Partick Thistle on the 8th of December 2023.

He then returned to action in a Fife Derby win over Dunfermline on the 2nd of January 2024.

Since breaking back into the team last season, he has continued to show his class and quality both on and off the pitch.

We’re all delighted to have Ross with us for next season.

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