Raith Rovers have announced that Lewis Vaughan has signed a one-year contract extension with the club – before going straight out on loan to Championship rivals Dumbarton.
The striker missed most of last season after suffering a ruptured cruciate ligament injury.
Having worked tirelessly in rehab, Vaughan returned to full fitness in the summer and speaking to Courier Sport back in July said: “This is a big season for me and touch wood, I am sure it will be.”
However, the 21-year-old has struggled to nail down a spot in boss Gary Locke’s starting XI and has only made 17 appearances so far in this campaign.
His chances for game time further diminished last week when the manager snapped up another two front men in free agent Ryan Stevenson and Ryan Hardie on loan from Rangers.
Now, Vaughan will spend the rest of this season at the Cheaper Insurance Direct Stadium playing for the Sons who sit just four points behind Rovers in the league table.
In a statement, the Kirkcaldy club said: “We’re very pleased to announce that Lewis Vaughan has this evening signed a one-year contract extension through to summer 2018.
“At the same time, it has been agreed that Lewis will go out on loan to Dumbarton until the end of this season.
“The deal precludes him from playing against Raith Rovers.
“We wish Lewis every success, and a lot of competitive game time at Championship level, with the Sons and look forward to his return as a key member of the Rovers squad next season.”