With most players' contracts ending yesterday, the beginning of June brought about an expected flurry of transfer activity, with 3 players signing up at East End Park and 2 leaving. Brothers Jackson and Louis Longridge joined Dunfermline from, respectively, Livingston and Falkirk. Long-serving Lewis Martin prolonged his period as a Par by a further 12 months. Leaving the club was Mr Reliable, left back Jason Talbot, while Fraser Aird completed his move to Dundee United.
After a successful season with Livingston, achieving promotion and playing 45 games, left back Jackson Longridge became a Par today, signing a 2 year deal. At 23 years old and with 177 career appearances, Jackson could prove to be an excellent addition to the squad and will provide great competition for the left back slot with Lewis Martin. Jackson began his career with Ayr United, making his first team debut shortly after his 17th birthday in 2012. He then moved to Stranraer for a season (2014/15) and then to Livingston, where he was a first team regular, making 39, 38 and then 45 appearances in his 3 seasons at the club.
Joining his brother at Dunfermline is 26 year old attacker Louis Longridge. After winning Falkirk's Player of the Year award in the season just ended, Louis has seen sense and signed for the Pars on a 1 year contract. After a season in Grangemouth, the lure of decent football, lack of air pollution and playing at a fully completed stadium obviously proved too hard to resist. Equally capable of playing wide or as a striker, Louis began his career at Hamilton, making 164 appearances (74 of them as a substitute), before moving to the Wee Team on loan for the second half of the 2016/17 season. He then signed for Falkirk and was one of the players at the forefront of their improved form as the season progressed. Louis will be a useful player in the 2018/19 squad due to his versatility, and is able to create and score goals.
Speaking of versatility, Lewis Martin has signed a new 12 month contract and will enter his 7th season as a first team player at EEP. Having played 129 times for Dunfermline - his only senior club - Lewis will aim to nail down a regular place in the team, having mainly been used as cover during his time at the club. His extended run at left back last season saw him produce a series of displays that varied from very steady to outstanding. A natural centre half, he can also cover the right back position and is a very welcome addition to next season's squad.
After 3 seasons at Dunfermline, Jason Talbot has been released but will surely be snapped up by another Championship club in the near future. Arriving from Livingston in 2015 with a reputation for being a hard tackler, he was sent off in a pre-season friendly against Hibs but went onto become one of the team's most reliable players, controlling his temper and avoiding needless red or yellow cards. Allan Johnston's first signing for the club, Jason made 103 appearances for Dunfermline and goes with everyone's best wishes.
Off to Dundee United. Played well at the end of the season but has chosen to follow, follow his friend Nicky Clark to Tannadice.