(c) Dirk Vorderstraße (dirkvorderstrasse, flickr)

Raith Bolster Squad in Play-Off Race

Joel Thomas has become the latest man through the door at Starks Park this week. The Frenchman follows in the footsteps of recent signings Harry Panayiotou, Louis Longridge and Ryan Hardie, who have all recently signed deals with the Kirkcaldy outfit.

The 28- year old striker was thrust into the limelight on Tuesday after surprisingly featuring against league leaders Rangers at Ibrox.

He himself was shocked to be involved saying: “The day before I didn’t even know because I had only just signed the evening before.

“On Monday I couldn’t have imagined playing, I wasn’t even thinking about it.”

The former CA Bastia forward is no stranger to Scottish football after three spells at Hamilton between 2008 and 2010, and comes with a bit of pedigree. Colchester were willing to splash out £225,000 for him, but he has since struggled for stability and has recently been club-hopping; Greek side Lonikos and Dinamo Bucuresti have been just a couple of his temporary homes.

However, Thomas feels the move to Raith can be hugely beneficial and he shouldn’t take too long to settle in as he is currently living in the Lang Toun with Kirkcaldy born fiancée, Jennifer.

“We have a daughter together and it’s not the first time I have been to Kirkcaldy, so it’s okay to play here.”

Thomas should be in contention for Saturday’s pivotal clash against St Mirren as the chase for the play-offs heats up, and manager Ray McKinnon expects a tough game.

“They are a good team on paper but as I keep saying to everyone we are a good team also.

“We are a strong side when we get going also, we don’t fear anybody and hopefully we get the three points and create a wee gap.”

McKinnon also feels home advantage could play a huge part in the end result: “We’ve got a great home record so that should be an advantage to us, we go into the game to win it.

“They are the team doing the chasing so the pressure is more on them than it is on us.”

The gaffer also told the press he expects a much different test to the one his side faced in midweek against Rangers.

“Hopefully we can see a lot more of the ball. We seen enough of the ball against Rangers but they are a very good side and it was a hard 90 minutes, hopefully this is a more even game.”







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