Former Huddersfield Town players Gary Naysmith and Jim Goodwin will be going head to head in Scotland’s third tier this season.

Left-back Naysmith, with Town between 2010-12, is player-manager of East Fife.

The 37-year-old ex-Hearts, Everton, Sheffield United and Aberdeen man, who won 46 Scotland caps, led the Methil side to the League II title last season.

Midfielder Goodwin, at Town from 2008-10, has joined Alloa Athletic, relegated from the Championship, after five years with St Mirren, where he also coached.

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Having started out at Celtic, the 34-year-old Republic of Ireland international played for Stockport County and Scunthorpe United before signing for Town, and Hamilton Academical after leaving the John Smith’s Stadium.

St Mirren’s League Cup-winning captain in 2013, he explained: “Alloa are ambitious for promotion.

“We will be looking to challenge for the league and that along with the ideas the manager (Jack Ross) has as well as the positivity surrounding the place at the moment really drew me to the club.

“People may see this as a shock move because I certainly had a few full-time offers and I could have stayed in the Championship.

“But I felt this was a great opportunity for me not only to come and work with Jack, but also because it then allows me to go and pursue some other things outside of football as well.

“It is simply a playing role for me here and I am hoping that the drop down to part-time can prolong my career.”

Goodwin said of his time at St Mirren: “I was absolutely gutted to leave.

“It was an honour to play there and the fans were absolutely fantastic with me.

“But all good things have to come to an end and now I am focused on a new chapter of my career with Alloa and I am very excited about it.”