Handling willing to come back to Shielfield on loan

Danny Handling scored twice in the Berwick Rangers 5-0 win over Alloa Athletic bringing his tally to 6 goals in 4 games
Danny Handling scored twice in the Berwick Rangers 5-0 win over Alloa Athletic bringing his tally to 6 goals in 4 games

Hot-shot Hibs striker Danny Handling has revealed how he would relishthe chance to return to Berwick Rangers again on loan if circumstances allow.

Handling, who joined Rangers on loan for the final weeks of the season netted an amazing seven goals in seven games.

He bagged three doubles and rounded off his spell with another in the final game of the season at Shielfield - a 1-0 win over play-off qualifiers Stranraer.

Afterwards he admitted he wished the season could have gone on a little bit longer.

“I never in my wildest dreams expected to come to Berwick and hit a run of scoring form like that,” said the hitman. “I suppose I didn’t really know what to expect when I first arrived, but I settled in very quickly.

“As a striker I am always looking to score goals, but to get seven in seven games is just unbelievable.

“The lads have been teasing me in the dressing room because they have said that if I had scored another three or four I would have been the highest scorer.”

Handling, who is 18 and lives in Haddington, thoroughly enjoyed his spell with the third division outfit.

“The players, the management and the supporters have all been great and if I get the chance I would like to come back and play here again because it’s a great little club,” he said.

“I will revert back to Hibernian for the time being but I don”t know at this stage what the future holds. In the long term I want to further my career, but I realise I still have a lot to learn.”

Berwick have made no secret of the fact that they would like Handling back next season, but it all depends what Hibs’ plans are.

“Danny has made such an impact with us, as a few of the on-loan players have, that we would of course love for him to come back,” said assistant manager Robbie Horn.

“Danny and all the other young lads came in with so much energy and enthusiasm that they really turned our season around. There is a chance that we might get some of them back, but at this moment in time it’s just too early to say.”

One loanee who looks unlikely to return, however, is centre-back Jordon Forster, a club-mate of Handling at Hibs, who also made a big impact during the final weeks of the season at Shielfield.

Forster last week signed a new contract with the SPL outfit and will probably feature for the Easter Road side in the new U20 League.

Berwick revealed this week that they had already started their team-building plans for next season.

They have also announced that pre-season friendlies, which have yet to be confirmed with the teams involved, are likely to take place at Shielfield on July 11 and 21, and possibly on the 4th.