Away From The Numbers

EAST FIFE'S TRIALISTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

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With East Fife's pre season plans now well underway, our 2009/10 squad is starting to take shape and gel nicely.

Stevie Crawford is still looking to strengthen some positions and has continued to look at a couple of players in the games so far.

The St Mirren game saw the introduction of Mark Cowan and Darren Gourlay as trialists and potential signings, so AFTN thought it was a good opportunity to have a look at them if we might see them soon in permanent Black and Gold stars.

Mark Cowan at Hearts
Mark Cowan is a 19 year old striker who was freed by Hearts at the end of last season, having been signed by the Tynecastle club through the Hearts Youth Initiative. He played up front for three quarters of the game against the Buddies.

It was a strange decision by the Jambos as Mark was their top scorer in the Clydesdale Bank Under 19 League with 13 goals, and was joint top scorer in the entire League, as his Hearts side clinched the runners up spot to champs Hibernian. He also made a couple of appearances with the reserve team.

He is highly rated and would be an excellent addition to our squad. Why Hearts decided to free him instead of putting him out on loan to evaluate him at the senior level is a mystery, but hopefully their loss will be our gain.

The other player on display for the first time in the St Mirren game was Darren Gourlay.

Darren is another 19 year old, this time a 5'10" defender, and played right back for the first half of the game.

Darren Gourlay at Peterborough
An Edinburgh native, Darren came through the youth ranks at Championship side Peterborough and last season played in both the Posh's reserve and under 18 sides.

From what we've initially been able to find out, he made 8 appearances for the reserves last season, scoring one goal. He had also been the captain of the Posh youth side.

Darren had been unable to break into Peterborough's first team reckoning and the Club loaned him out to non league St Neots Town in the United Counties Football League Premier Division, which is the 5th level of the non league football pyramid.

Despite getting good reports from the Saints, Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson freed Gourlay at the end of the season in a mass clear out at the Club and he has returned north of the border.

Will we see either of these players sign at East Fife for the coming season? Only Stevie Crawford knows the answer to that one.


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