Kane hopes loan spell good for both parties

Dunfermline striker Chris Kane says he is thankful to be fit and playing again after coming through his first 90 minutes in over two years during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Arbroath.  Kane, on loan from St Johnstone, suffered cramp late on but was pleased to last the full game as he builds up his fitness after troublesome injury.

“I can’t remember the last time I actually completed a full game but I had that bad injury, got through the end of it and I’m back playing now. So, I’m just thankful I’m keeping myself fit and hopefully some goals and results will come,” he said.

While disappointed not to grab a late winner, Kane believes the minutes under his belt will aid his sharpness in front of goal.

“It was my first minutes this year, I’ve not played this year, so I had a bit of cramp kicking in but that happens in games. Lasting the 90 minutes will be good for my fitness in the long-run though.”

Dunfermline boss James McPake wants Chris to utilise his top-flight experience and link up play to bring the best out of those around him.

“He wants me to bring my experience. I’ve played a lot of games in the top-flight, so my experience. But it’s also giving me a chance to get my fitness back and get my confidence back. Hopefully it’s a good loan spell for both parties.”

The 29 year old striker is relishing renewing his partnership with former St Johnstone teammate Michael O’Halloran at KDM Group East End Park.

“He’s assisted me a good few times at Saints, so hopefully we can combine here and get a few more goals and assists between us. It’s good to have someone whose game you know in the team.”

Despite Dunfermline’s struggles this term, Chris insists the mood in the camp is positive and is confident results will soon improve.

“Even when I first came in, the team was eight games without a win but the boys don’t seem like that. They’re in great spirits, the changing room is great, there’s a good atmosphere around the whole place. Hopefully I can help keep the spirits up and chip in with a few goals and we get the results to push up that table.”

Chris has fond memories of previous loan spells at Dumbarton and Queen of the South, which helped earn him a first-team spot at St Johnstone. He’ll be drawing on that experience again during his time with the Pars.  Reuniting with former Saints teammate Dave Mackay, now assistant manager at East End Park, has also aided Kane’s transition into the Dunfermline squad.  “It’s good. He knows me, I know him and we get on well. I’m looking forward to working under him.”

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