Dunfermline weigh up move for winger as Allan Johnston hails returning skipper

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BY ALAN TEMPLE – @CCP_Sport

Dunfermline are weighing up a move for former Annan midfielder Josh Todd.

The 22-year-old is currently on trial with the Pars and impressed during their first pre-season friendly against Partick Thistle on Saturday afternoon.

He entered the fray as a second half substitute in the behind closed doors 4-3 defeat against the Premiership outfit.

Allan JohnstonTodd hopes to win a permanent move to East End Park after choosing to leave Annan when his contract expired last month.

Queen of the South boss Gavin Skelton is also a massive admirer of the promising youngster after he trained with the Dumfries men last season.

Dunfermline would be required to agree a compensation package with Annan, due to Todd being under the age of 23 and spending three years with the Galabankies, during which time he scored 39 goals.

Meanwhile, Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston has paid tribute to club captain Callum Fordyce as the big defender steps up his comeback from a devastating broken ankle.

He suffered the injury during a 2-0 defeat against Ayr United last September and it ruled him out of the rest of the Pars’ title-winning campaign.

However, Fordyce, who signed a new one-year contract in April despite being sidelined, has reported back to pre-season training this summer ready to push for a long-awaited return to action.

The former Livingston star was part of a session with the ball for the first time in nine months last Thursday and, although the new look League Cup will come to early for him,

Johnston hopes to have his skipper available in the early stages of the Championship campaign.

Johnston lauded: “Callum has been doing a lot of the running – but Thursday was the first day that he has joined in the possession work. That is a big step forward.

“It is just a matter of taking it slowly and building it up. He was an important player for us last year, not just on the park but off the park as well.

“He is experienced in the Championship and is the right type. We are all hopeful that he comes back one hundred percent.”

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