Raith Rovers yesterday afternoon received a massive boost in their bid to regain their place in the Championship as highly-rated forward Lewis Vaughan extended his contract by 12 months at the Fife side.
The Kirkcaldy club is a side Vaughan has been at since a young age and he isn’t ready to leave Stark’s Park just yet.
“I am delighted to sign an extension,” explains the 21-year-old to RaithTV. “It has been a great start to the season for myself personally as well as the club as a whole. The gaffer has been great with me since he came in and I had no queries about signing a new deal under him. I joined when I was 14 or 15 years old and I worked my way up through the Under-17’s and the Under-19’s before making my first-team debut.
It has been a tough couple of years for me but we are all looking forward now. Hopefully we can get this club back into the Championship. As a young boy, you want to play at the highest level you can and hopefully I can do that by getting back into the Championship next season. I have played a lot with Ross Callachan who has went on to bigger and better things and that is brilliant to see for a club like Raith Rovers. There are good young players here who will continue to come through and play in the first-team, as you have seen with guys like Jamie Watson and David McKay, even Rory [Brian] in goals. There is a reason they are winning week-in, week-out in the development side.”
Chairman Alan Young, also speaking to RaithTV, was delighted to echo the sentiments of ‘Lewy’.
“I, the Board, the whole Club and hopefully all of the fans will be absolutely delighted that Lewis has signed his new contract. He has been working hard and doing well – he isn’t just scoring goals though, I saw him clearing one off the line in one of the games, too! That is great to see, it is fantastic team-work and credit to the team-ethic we have here.
When I initially spoke with Lewis about a new contract, I asked him his career ambition and he said “to get Raith back into the Championship” – I could’ve got him to sign the piece of paper there and then but he wasn’t having it!” jokes Young. “I use Lewis as an advert, however. This is what we can produce: it shows the capacity we have to produce young talent and keep young talent. [Vaughan coming through] was probably at a time when our set-up wasn’t at sophisticated; now, the guys have fantastic facilities as well as the great work being done by Craig Easton. This is an area we really need to move forward on, as far as the future is concerned. We will be, shortly, looking to re-launch our Youth Development Fund – the more the merrier, let’s see them coming through!”