Dunfermline welcome back Sam Fisher

Having picked up League winners medal last season with both Dundee and Dunfermline, it is with great pleasure that the club can announce that Sam Fisher has agreed a three year deal with the Pars.

Sam originally joined Dunfermline on a season long loan from Dundee on 16 August 2022 but was recalled early by his parent club in January 2023 after making 17 appearances for the Fifers, all but two of which were starts.

A central defender who started his football career off at Gairdoch United. Sam joined Alloa Athletic but was soon signed by Dundee at under 18 level.  A regular in the Dee’s under 18s and Reserve teams during 2018/19, he was involved in the first team set up the following season.

It was James McPake who gave Sam Fisher his Dundee debut, starting the 19 year old in the Championship match away to Raith Rovers on 30 January 2021 in between two loan periods at Forfar.  James was pleased to bring him to Dunfermline and after what turned out to be a ‘try before you buy’ is now delighted to secure the services of the defender.  He told the website:-

“I think when he left we missed him and what he does. Sam was a big part of the squad and in the dressing room he got on great with the boys. It was a sore one for us and for the boy when he went back. He went and won another league due to playing a few games at Dundee as well.  We are delighted to get him in.

“He has a range of passes and he is quick.  He is somebody I have known since he was fifteen, someone we gave a debut to at Dundee. He played in the Championship for us at Dundee if you go back a few years. We got him here after the bad spell when he did his ACL. I think that has helped him as a player and as a person. He showed working with Gerry Docherty just how much he could push himself. He probably needed that because now he is a different person in terms of the way he works and trains. Sometimes you look at injuries and say that they can be good for things like that.

“We are delighted to get him back, he is a good person, a very good footballer, good defender. It was strange when he left because it hurt the dressing room just as much as us on the pitch because he had come in and fitted that well. So much so he was on the podium the day we got the trophy. Fair play to him, he won two leagues in a week. We are delighted to get him in the door, he is another really good one for the football club.”

The manager’s belief is backed up given that Sam has gathered valuable experience and is now at a good age to develop in first team football. He added:-

“Particularly for a centre back, normally your best years are when you get more experience. He has someone with great experience playing along side him and has played a fair bit of football as well in different leagues whether it is with Forfar, Dundee or ourselves.  He is getting to that point where he just needs to kick on.  The good thing about him is that he learns, he listens, he wants to get better all the time.

“Sometimes it takes an injury just to realise how much you can push yourself and how far your body can go. In terms of attributes he has pace, he has a passing range that midfielders would love, he can get the ball from one side of the pitch to the other. Normally it is very accurate and I can remember the one pass up at Peterhead to Chris Mochrie for a goal. He stepped in and Chris Mochrie took a touch round.

“He is someone I like working with, someone I think has to push himself because we will certainly push him and if we can do that he will get better and  be a good player for this football club.”

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