David Goodwillie: Raith Rovers apologize to supporters as they provide update on controversial ‘signing’

Raith Rovers have issued a fresh apology over the controversial signing of striker David Goodwillie and say they’ve reached out to supporters’ groups.

Rovers say they’re working hard to restore their ‘family club’ reputation and that the saga represents “an awful period” in their history.

The Kirkcaldy club say they’re reached out to supporters’ groups following a backlash to the January transfer window deadline day signing from Clyde.

Goodwillie, who was deemed a rapist by a civil court judge in 2017, was handed a two-and-a-half year contract by the Championship club, which was later rescinded by Rovers following a storm of protest.

Sponsor Val McDermid, the crime author whose name adorns a stand at Stark’s Park, was among numerous figures who condemned the signing.

Directors stepped down and volunteers walked away from Rovers, with their women’s team separating entirely from them.

Rovers have issued a new apology
Rovers have issued a new apology

Raith Rovers initially defended their decision, but soon backed down and issued an apology.

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Manager John McGlynn expressed regret and said the club misjudged the situation.

A new statement issued by Raith Rovers read: “The board of directors and CEO, having reflected further on what we have already acknowledged was a wrong decision around a deadline day transfer, would like to provide our supporters, volunteers and the wider community connected to the club with an update.

“In doing so, we ask that everyone takes cognizance of the fact that a number of legal and financial issues are still being discussed with concerned parties, and as such we are restricted to the extent of information we can share at this time.

“The past two weeks have been an awful period in the club’s long and proud history, and once again we want to say sorry for the damage that has been caused and to those affected in any way by the issues raised.

“We fully acknowledge that there is still a long journey ahead of us to reach a position where the many thousands of people who are part of the Raith Rovers family feel they have trust and confidence in those of us who take the day-to-day decisions at the club.

Boss John McGlynn has apologized for the signing
Boss John McGlynn has apologized for the signing

“Some of the first steps on this journey are already underway. We have taken reached out to the supporters’ groups, and meetings have already place, with more planned over the coming weeks to begin discussions that will lead to agreement on a plan to repair the reputational and financial damage.

“We know this will not be easy and we are not underestimating the size of the task ahead of us. It is, however, one we are wholly committed to in the belief that the club can come out of this stronger in the long term. “

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