Speaking at last Thursday’s media call at the Michael Woods Centre in Glenrothes, Bobby Barr told jordanburtfootball.com, in conjunction with KingdomFM, that Raith Rovers have a positive future in front of them due to the players and management staff they currently have in place at Stark’s Park.
Beginning with the continued success of the Development Squad, the winger said:
“Easty [Craig Easton] has done a good job and has got a good group there. It is up to them to fight for their place and compete against the more experienced players within the squad. The likes of Bez [James Berry], Dave McKay, Jamie Watson have all contributed this season; you have got wee Stevo [Ryan Stevenson] who is on the fringes while you have to remember Yaw [Osei] and Rory [Brian] are both still young too. They have all been pushing us this season to try to get into the team and then you have Andreas [Thorsen] to add to that list too, but he is still recovering from an early season injury.
You just have to look at Lewy [Lewis Vaughan] and Ross [Matthews] who are playing week-in, week-out for the side: they are both still very young, so, in my opinion, the Raith fans can be very excited for the next couple of years knowing that they have got a decent batch coming through.”
Barr is one of the more experienced players within the Rovers’ ranks, having made nearly 400 career appearances so far in Scottish football.
“I know the game well having played a lot of games in the Championship. I have also won this division with Livingston; Buchs [Liam Buchanan] has also had success in this league while Davo [Iain Davidson] has lifted the trophy with Raith previously. We have got a lot of experience: Smiddy [Graeme Smith] and Jason [Thomson] have both played at good levels, Robbo [Scott Robertson] has won the Scottish Cup with Dundee United…you can go through the whole team and pinpoint what everyone has done individually in their careers. We should have enough experience to see ourselves through to the end of the season and get to where we want to be. I have played in a lot of games but I hope I still have many more left – it’d be great to play another 100 or 150 matches, that’d make me happy.”
With the clocks turning back, it is approaching the time of the season where teams hit a dip in form but nothing of that nature is even being considered by Barr.
“The only defeat [in the league] we have had this season is Albion,” emphasises the 29-year-old. “We bounced back the following week away to St Mirren [in the Irn-Bru Cup] who are top of the Championship; we have got that mentality and the togetherness in the dressing room that, even if the clocks have gone back, nothing will stop us in terms of what we want to do this season.
We have got a good balance in the squad this term. We have scored a lot of goals and haven’t conceded many. If we can get our home form right and pick up points consistently away from home, we will be doing okay. The mood in the dressing room is good; everyone comes to their work looking forward to it and enjoying themselves. I have said it before but that is down to the manager [Barry Smith], Cat [Kevin Cuthbert], Robbo [Scott Robertson] and Easty [Craig Easton] as they make it a good atmosphere and allow us all to have a bit of banter while we also work hard when we get on to the training field. It is definitely a good place to be right now.”