More players have come and gone from East End Park since last week's Ins & Outs article. The departure of Callum Morris was covered in a separate article here. For this latest entry in the summer transfer series, I will look at 3 moves that were made yesterday, plus 1 that was confirmed today, as AJ continued to strengthen the new-look Pars defence, while also losing the Supporters' Player of the Year and releasing a defender.
25 year old centre half Mark Durnan was released by Dundee United at the end of the season having played 36 games in the 2017/18 campaign. He joined United from Queen of the South and played 115 times for the club. He becomes the fifth player to be signed by Allan Johnstone for Dunfermline who had previously worked under AJ at Queen of the South. That list of players also includes Nicky Clark, Lee Robinson, Michael Paton and Gavin Reilly.
Durnan has 256 career appearances and has scored a healthy number of goals for a central defender, netting 30 times. He is likely to be a direct replacement for Callum Morris.
The second 25 year old central defender to join Dunfermline yesterday is Danny Devine, formerly of Partick Thistle. After starting his career at Preston, a short period at Wrexham was followed by a loan move, and then a permanent transfer, to Inverness. He then signed for Partick Thistle in 2016. After Thistle's relegation and with over 100 appearances in the Scottish Premiership, he was released as part of a squad revamp at Firhill.
Money talks and Declan McManus became the latest Dunfermline first team regular from 2017/18 to sign for another Championship team, when he joined Ross County on a 2 year contract yesterday. A popular figure with the Pars support, he was possibly the hardest working player in the team but lacked finesse and also had a below average goal return. His miss at Tannadice in the playoff quarter final was crucial and despite the fans singing his name at the final whistle, when he looked distraught, he made the decision to move north as an opponent for the forthcoming season. Scored 13 times for Dunfermline but his final goal in the playoff against United was his first in 17 games.
JEAN YVES M'VOTO
With Lee Ashcroft among the first players to sign a new Pars contract, followed by Lewis Martin and then yesterday's double capture of fellow central defenders Mark Durnan and Danny Devine, it came as no great shock today to read the news of Jean Yves M'Voto's departure from EEP. A no-nonsense centre half, Big Jock was used primarily as cover for Ashcroft and Morris during his 1 season with Dunfermline, having joined from the Wee Team last summer, performing well when called upon. Memories of his 15 minute appearance up front against Dundee United in his final game will hopefully fade with time, however.