Barry Smith delves into transfer market as Partick Thistle youngster James Penrice arrives on loan



BARRY SMITH has made his first signing as East Fife manager by snapping up Partick Thistle starlet James Penrice on loan.

Penrice, 18, has penned a deal with the League 1 outfit until the end of the season, including any potential playoff ties the Fifers are involved in.

The promising left-back has already made two senior appearances for the Jags, facing Dundee United and Hamilton in the Premiership last season. He also turned out twice in the Irn-Bru Cup for the under-20 side this term.

However, Partick boss Alan Archibald is keen for the player to get regular first-team football and has farmed him out to Methil.

Penrice could make his debut for the Fifers in tomorrow’s mouth-watering fixture against runaway league leaders Livingston at Bayview.