Duns footballer Gregor Watson is set to follow in the footsteps of Steven Gerrard and Andrea Pirlo by moving to the USA.
The former Berwick Rangers U20 defender, from Duns, will swap the black and gold for the red white and blue when he begins his new career with top American “soccer” team, Rocky Mountain College.
Watson, who emerged from the Hibernian academy, has been recruited by Rocky Mountain College head coach, Richard Duffy, who was impressed by the youngster’s performances in a number of ‘talent ID Showcase’ matches during the past year.
Watson spent last season playing under Colin Cameron at Berwick Rangers after leaving Hibs last summer and was hotly tipped for a first team breakthrough this coming season.
But he saw his long term career best served by spreading his wings and taking an opportunity to continue his football development Stateside whilst also studying for a university degree at the same time.
Talking of leaving the north-east of England for the north western State of Montana next month, Watson said: “The appeal of moving to the United States and experiencing a different way of playing the game is something that I am really looking forward to. The opportunity to play with and against players from across the world will really improve my game. I have heard great things about the way the game is structured in America and the college game is the main feeder system for the professional leagues over there. I am also very keen to get a degree behind me as I believe a career outside of the game is very important for football players nowadays.”
Rocky Mountain College is ranked in the top ten college soccer programs in the USA, reaching the national tournament finals last season.
Gregor won his big move through the Sporting Futures USA Program, which brokered his scholarship.
Sporting Futures USA’s David Binnie added: “Gregor is a very talented footballer and a very intelligent guy. He has worked really hard to prepare himself for this life changing career pathway. I have very high hopes for him and I look forward to seeing him thrive in the colours of Rocky Mountain College.”