Gers snap up Saints strike star Hurst

New Berwick signing Greg Hurst
New Berwick signing Greg Hurst

Berwick manager John Coughlin has delved into the transfer market this week to make a new signing.

Striker Greg Hurst, 19, has signed from St Johnstone and will initially be with the club until January.

A regular scorer in Alex Cleland’s Saints under-20s side which finished fourth last season, Hurst has also been on trial with English Premier League side Everton, who advised him to try full-time football in Scotland.

More recently, the forward netted St Johnstone’s goal in a 2-1 defeat to Turriff United in the Irn Bru Cup.

Hurst will go straight into the squad for this Saturday’s away game against league newcomers Edinburgh City.

After Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Forfar, Coughlin said: “We are still on the lookout for players. There is money available and it’s my job to make it happen.

“It’s now looking imperative that we get players in, especially up front, but we’re looking anywhere that will improve the quality. In a way, the sending off (of Michael McKenna) has forced my hand to do something now.

“We’re asking Jordyn Sheerin to shoulder the burden up front, and Darren Lavery comes back into contention for Saturday with Michael’s suspension but that still leaves us short of options on the bench.”

Of Saturday’s defeat Coughlin added: “We don’t lose many at home - this is the first in a long time. We also don’t normally concede too many so that for me is disappointing.

“We weren’t as effective as we have been. We missed our captain (Jonny Fairbairn) through suspension and we missed his presence.

“They were dangerous on the counter attack and that’s the bit that really hurts me. We had a match report done on them last week and we knew about their attacking strategies. We relayed that to the players but they still caused problems.

“The second goal was vital for the outcome of the football match. We had to get it but they got it with a complete fluke. We showed a bit of character to get back into it and got a lot of joy down the right hand side of the park through Michael McKenna but obviously that dissipated when he went off the park.

“I thought Michael was a bit unlucky with his dismissal but in the past he has been his own worst enemy at times, Jonny too. Whatever the rights and wrongs the knock-on effect has an impact on the team and we saw that today with indecision in the back four.

“I have to say Forfar have some quality players. They were the better side first half but we had a go at them in the second half but we couldn’t manage a second goal to salvage something.

“Some people have said we were unlucky but I think over the whole 90 minutes Forfar probably deserved their victory. The weather was horrendous but it’s not an excuse. Our first half performance has cost us the three points.

“They have all the hallmarks of a team that is going to be challenging at the top and that’s what we aspire to.”