Had being the key word. Our squad needed a bit of a freshen up after failing to reach the play-offs so we moved on guys like Agnew and Watson who had been pretty important for us but their influence had started to wain. I think our first signing of the pre season might have been Marc McGuigan which I’m sure most Fife fans would have been happy with as that would have meant a front pairing of him and Ryan Wallace and for League 1 that’s pretty strong. A few days later McGuigan retires from football and weeks later Wallace decides that he wants to spend time with his family leaving us a strike force of Kevin Smith and Sean Brown. Smith has been a great servant for us and was likely going to be a bit part player as he comes to the end of his career and had struggled with injuries over the last few years. Brown, came in from East Stirling and League 1 looks too much of a step up. We brought in Kyle Connell from Killie on loan who has been crocked for weeks leaving us very light. So from going from having your top 2 options unavailable we are playing our 3rd and 4th choice and even 5th choice in Osei-Bensu. Onto midfield, Agnew was great for us but like I said was less influential over the last year or so, so we had to freshen it up. Danny Swanson was meant to be our play maker but we haven’t seen much from him due to injuries and brought in Conor McManus from Stranraer, who by all accounts has been underwhelming. Ross Davidson is our more defensive minded midfielder but haven’t had him all season so we’ve missed him. We brought in Kieran Miller who is ok, but we will be stronger with Davidson. Liam Watt and Danny Denholm are decent wingers but think we needed more options, as neither are prolific scorers and might get you around 10-15 goals between them for the season. Aaron Dunsmore’s form has dropped off a cliff over the last few seasons and he might have been a player who would have benefited from moving on in the summer. Defensively, our centre backs in Ross Dunlop and Chris Higgins are approaching the end of their careers now, and are making a lot of costly mistakes, we brought in Daniel Higgins from Cove so he might make a difference and Aaron Steele might improve things given time. Scott Mercer is an ok right back, likewise Pat Slattery does a job on the left but our strongest defender Stewart Murdoch is injured. Our failure to sign a proper left back since Gary Naysmith has puzzled me. Onto goalkeeper. Last season we had Brett Long and Jordan Hart, both more than capable keepers at this level and disappointed to see them both leave in the summer as we have replaced them with a weaker keeper in Scott Gallacher. Hopefully when we have a few bodies back from injury i.e Connell, Swanson, Slattery, Davidson and Murdoch we should see improvement but ultimately the manager made the decision to bring in these players and still feel a change is needed.