Following in father’s footsteps is “going to be a hard act to follow” admits new Raith signing Robbie Thomson

Scott Thomson played in some big matches for Raith Rovers as he enjoyed a fruitful spell at Stark’s Park just over 20 years ago. Now, his son will take on the mantle of trying to bring success to the Kirkcaldy club, with the 25-year-old signing a 2-year deal with the League One club.

Speaking to RockSport Radio, in conjunction with this website, on Wednesday afternoon after penning his deal, the former Cowdenbeath shot-stopper said:

“[The club] means quite a lot to me and my family. Raith are pretty much my earliest memories of football. We have had a good bit of history – I have always enjoyed playing here as an opposition player and know I am looking ahead to running out at Stark’s Park as a Raith player.

[Scott Thomson – Robbie’s dad] is going to be a hard act to follow, but, i am looking forward to getting stuck in. I said to the manager before I joined that I was looking to get a bit of success: I want to be apart of something and hopefully I can do that here.”

The ex-Rochdale keeper made 29 appearances in all competitions for Paul Hartley’s men last term but has decided his future lies in Fife.

“Everyone knows that Raith are a big club in Scotland with a big fanbase. As I said, my first memories of this sport were when the club were playing at Premiership level, so, hopefully one day we can get there again. I have had a good grounding – I am approaching 150 appearances and as a young goalkeeper, it can sometimes be difficult to get that. Now it is about trying to get some success to put down on my CV and I believe I can do that here.

We are obviously favourites [for League One] having that full-time status; I am going to make no two-ways about it, as I have had experience in this division before when I was on-loan at clubs as a youngster…it is a graft. It is really tough, it is difficult to win games, especially when you travel to some hard stadiums. Hopefully we can make Stark’s Park a bit of a fortress in itself and make it uneasy for teams who travel here, but, we know each week, we will need to fight and scrap for it. We have the right personnel this season to go and make sure we come out the other side: it won’t be easy and it might not be pretty, but I am confident.”

Having played predominately as a full-time professional, does Thomson feel this can give the Rovers an advantage with all other sides in next term’s third-tier being part-time?

“You get exposed to a little bit more training and that is important. You need a good working week – it’ll give us time to look at things for the next match that other teams may not get the chance to do at this level. Also, the fitness side of things will hopefully give us that little edge, especially when you are coming towards the end of games. Sometimes it doesn’t always happen, and it doesn’t work out for you the way you want it to on a Saturday, and that is when it comes down to mental strength. That is something I have learned, so, we just got to make sure we use that as an advantage to us.

I think it’ll be good to have a true playing surface next year [with Stark’s Park getting a plastic pitch laid this close-season]. In terms of it being astroturf, it doesn’t make a massive difference to me because, as a young player, I am maybe of this ‘new age’ where I have either played or trained on that kind of surface ever since I came into senior level. It doesn’t bother me too much – when it is the winter or whatever, you at least know you are going to get a decent pitch to play on, no matter what the weather has been like. Hopefully that’ll help us get more games on and have less postponements, which is always good.”

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