Lewis Vaughan insists there are no split loyalties for him when Dumbarton play Raith Rovers on Saturday – the Sons are number one.

The attacking midfielder, on loan from Rovers, will be sitting in the stands when the two sides face each other this weekend.

And with both sides trying to move away from the relegation zone, it will prove a key tie.

But Vaughan will be backing the Sons on Saturday, despite Raith’s own precarious position above the relegation places.

He said: “I’m on loan at Dumbarton, so technically I’m a Dumbarton player.

“I’ve got to go out and do my job at Dumbarton, they’re who I’m playing for so that’s my aim.

“Obviously I don’t want to see them where they are in the league, I want both of them to stay up but I’m at Dumbarton now so they’re number one.”

The midfielder regularly started for Raith at the start of the season under Gary Locke, but his last start for Rovers was on September 10, and he was limited to just 46 minutes off the bench during November and December.

And Vaughan was desperate to get regular game time, after being injured for a majority of last season and Locke bringing in Ryan Hardie and Ryan Stevenson in the fold meant there was only one option for him.

Vaughan added: “The type of person I am I’m not the type of player to sit back and sit on the bench and watch others play.

“I played for Raith for the first 10-12 games of the season and I found myself out of the team and couldn’t get back in it.

“The manager [Gary Locke] didn’t want to play me week in week out which I obviously need because I missed all of last season and need to get back playing and get my fitness back up and he understood that, and he said he was more than happy to let me go out on loan and that’s what it’s come to.”

Vaughan was a key part of Rovers’ 2014/15 campaign, finishing strongly scoring six goals in their last 13 games.

And Vaughan was hoping to push on from there, but was forced off in the second game of the season against Albion Rovers after damaging his cruciate knee ligament.

Countless hours alone in the gym for rehab was tough on Vaughan, especially as he watched other players return from injury quicker than him.

He said: “It was absolutely gutting as I thought it was going to be a big season for me, and obviously it takes you a lot to come back from that type of injury. It has probably been the toughest stage of my career so far mentally and physically.

“I was on my own most of the time when I was at the gym, with the physio coming in every now and again to keep an eye on me.

“There were a few boys who came in and did rehab and were leaving before I’d even started running again and on that front it was hard.”

But with several games under the former Hearts youth academy player’s belt for Dumbarton, including his first goal against Falkirk last week, Vaughan is hoping he can one day earn a move to down south.

He said: “I want to play in England. I want to go as far as I can and I don’t want to stay in Scotland.

“I want to play at as high a level as I can, wherever that will be, hopefully that will be in the highest league in England, we’ll just have to wait and see.”