Raith Rovers FC are delighted to announce the acquisition of former Hibs and Dundee United midfielder Sam Stanton.

The 27 year old has signed a 2 and a half year deal, having most recently played for Dundalk in the League of Ireland Premier Division.

Talking exclusively to www.raithrovers.net, Rovers manager John McGlynn commented “Paul Smith and I are delighted to announce the signing of Sam Stanton on a 30 month contract. Subject to International clearance being granted on January 1st 2022, Sam will be available for selection from the New Year derby match on 2nd January 2022 onwards.

Sam has gained great experience both here in Scotland – where he came through the youth system at Hibs, and then playing with Dundee United – before going to the States and up until recently playing in the Republic of Ireland with Dundalk.

He comes to us as a central midfielder who has been playing regularly at a high level, and will settle in very quickly at the club.

Sam is a gifted footballer who has a great range of pass, and will go from box to box. He is a great age and has gained tremendous experience which we can benefit from.

Sam was also on loan at the same time as our own Lewis Vaughan at Dumbarton – Lewis spoke very highly of their time playing together there, and we can’t wait to see Sam in a Rovers jersey playing his football and helping the club push on in the second half of the season”.

Sam already has 10 years experience in professional football, making his debut for Hibs aged 17 v Rangers in January 2012, as well as representing Scotland at under 18, under 19 & under 21 levels between 2012 and 2014.

After over 50 appearances for the Hibees, scoring 3 goals (and loan spells at Cowdenbeath, Livingston, Dumbarton and Dundee United), Sam then signed for Dundee United permanently in January 2018.

50 appearances (and 5 goals) for The Terrors were then followed by a 12 month spell in the United States with Phoenix Rising FC in January 2020. After a successful season winning the Western Conference and reaching the USL Championship Final (which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic), Sam left Phoenix by mutual agreement in December 2020.

In December 2020 Sam signed for Dundalk, making the switch back to Scotland and Stark’s Park this week.

Welcome Aboard Sam!

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