OUTGOING Kelty Hearts manager John Potter has moved to Raith Rovers to take up the role as technical director.

The Kirkcaldy club have today confirmed that the former Dunfermline player, coach and manager has joined them.

Andrew Barrowman, who along with Dean McKenzie have departed New Central Park for Stark's Park, had said, prior to the club's announcement, that the 43-year-old would be part of a new-look structure at Stark's Park.

Last Friday, following months of speculation and wide reports, McKenzie and Barrowman, who held the roles as managing director and general manager, and sporting director, at Kelty respectively, were announced as two of a six-strong group that have taken up a controlling stake in Raith.

That came after, last month, Kelty announced that both McKenzie and Barrowman would be leaving at the end of the season, with Stefan Winiarski and Craig Reynolds, who have worked within the Kelty Hearts Community Club, coming in to replace them.

The 'Maroon Machine' also announced that Potter, who took over last summer after Kevin Thomson, who had guided them to the League Two title, resigned, would be departing alongside McKenzie and Barrowman.

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It was speculated that he too would be Rovers-bound, and Raith said that Potter would be "responsible for planning and implementing the club's long-term football strategy, and will oversee all football operations including recruitment, medical, analysis, sport science and player pathway".

"The club is at the beginning of a very exciting project and I’m extremely proud to be a part of it," Potter said.

"I truly believe there is endless potential for the club to develop, grow and succeed.

"Under the new ownership there is a clear identity and strategy to build a sustainable football club that players, staff, and supporters can be proud of.

"I am very excited to play my part in this process."

Following the confirmation of the new consortium's stake in Rovers, Barrowman last week told Raith TV that his former Dunfermline team-mate would be part of their plans, commenting: "John Potter will be coming in as technical director.

"It's about him building a structure around the club, encompassing medical, sports science, data analysis, recruitment, all of that.

"I think modern day football it's unrealistic to expect a manager to be able to do that, to the levels that we want to do it, but it's also I think realistic in modern day football that a club should have that structure in place.

"Obviously, the final decision will always fall with the first team manager, there is no question of that, but I think it's about having an overall structure within a club."

Ahead of his final match in charge of Kelty, Saturday's 4-1 loss at Queen of the South, Potter said: "It's different; it's a different role, but I decided to go for it, and we'll see where we are."

In his solitary season with Kelty, Potter's team finished eighth in the table, ensuring survival in the club's first-ever League One campaign.

The club have already announced that current captain, Michael Tidser, will replace him in the dugout next term.