COWDEN manager Calum Elliot is currently focused on enhancing the club's resources both on and off the pitch and to that end, he concluded arrangements for Kevin Smith to join the Blues in the dual role of player/assistant manager.

Smith joins Cowdenbeath on expiry of his existing deal with Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic where he was their top scorer last season in the League Two.

His career began with Leeds United back in 2005 and he also played for Wrexham and Notts County south of the border.

In Scotland he has been with both Dundee clubs, Dumbarton and Queen of the South, as well as Raith Rovers.

And, of course, before moving to Bonnyrigg, he was a great fan favourite in his eight year spell with East Fife.

On finalising matters, Elliot said: “I’m delighted Kevin has joined the club not only as a player but to form an integral part of the coaching team, alongside Paul Parkin, who has been assisting us on the coaching side.

“Kevin is an outstanding football player, vastly experienced, his knowledge and intelligence will be invaluable in the seasons ahead. He’s scored goals at every club he’s been at.

“To be able to support Kevin on the next stage of his footballing journey is something I really look forward to doing as he’s got so much to offer off the park, but on the park he’s going to be massive for the team.

“His relationship with both myself and Parky will allow him to have full focus on the pitch and we can help him adjust to the extra responsibilities which will come his way.

"I fully expect him to be a real talismanic figure for the group as well as a really exciting signing for the supporters.”

After agreeing the deal with Cowden, Smith shared his initial thoughts: “I’m extremely excited to be at the football club and looking forward to working alongside Calum Elliot who I’ve known for a long time.

“Cowdenbeath is a club steeped in history which was part of the attraction in coming to Central Park.

"We are looking forward to working with the talented group of players at the club and the aim is to get the club challenging at the top end of the table.”

Meanwhile, popular midfielder Stuart Love has said goodbye to Central Park.

Love has made the move to join Hill of Beath Hawthorn under new boss Stewart Kenny.

A statement from Cowdenbeath said: "The club recently had a number of approaches from clubs seeking the transfer of Stuart Love.

"Following discussions, an offer from Hill of Beath Hawthorn has been accepted.

"Lovey will be missed around the place but we thank him for his efforts and wish him every success at Keirs Park."

Love stated: "I'd really like to pass on my thanks to the chairman and the staff at Cowden as well as to all the fans, especially the Junction Bar lads.

"I really loved my time here at the club and wish everyone at Cowdenbeath all the very best."