BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
DUNFERMLINE manager Allan Johnston is thrilled to be working again with Gavin Reilly after the striker agreed a season-long loan move from Hearts.
The 23-year-old’s switch was completed on the day the Tynecastle outfit snapped up former Kilmarnock and Dundee United marksman Robbie Muirhead and it reunited him with Johnston, his former Queen of the South boss.
The Pars were on the look-out for a new forward after releasing Ryan Wallace and with top scorer Faissal El Bakhtaoui out of contract and in demand.
And Johnston is delighted to be able to attract a player who made 32 appearances for Hearts last term after five years at Queens.
The Fifers boss told Dunfermline’s Youtube channel: “He’s a player I know well. I worked with him at Queen of the South and I think he’s improved as well, because he was really young when he came into the Queen of the South team.
“He’s got a lot of pace, he’s a finisher and I think he’ll be a good fit for Dunfermline.
“You could see the quality he had. He played a lot of games under myself when I was the manager and he’s kept on improving year after year.
“He’s still got that hunger and desire to do well and that’s the type of player we’re looking for.
“It just shows you how well he did in the Championship that he got a big move to a club like Hearts in the first place.
“He’s coming here desperate to do really well. I’m sure he’ll be hungry to score more goals, because he’s already proven how good a player he is, so I’m sure he’ll be a big asset for us.
“It’s a massive season for him and it’s a massive season for Dunfermline, and we’re looking forward to getting him on board.”