Ronald to follow in father’s boots at Berwick

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Berwick have signed Owen Ronald and the right-sided midfielder will go straight into the team for Saturday’s opening game against Livingston.

Ronald is the son of one-time Berwick striker Paul Ronald and he joins Rangers on loan from Dumbarton until January.

He played as a trialist in Saturday’s 2-2 friendly home draw against Forfar and impressed with his workrate and contribution to play, which included his involvement in Darren Lavery’s equalising second goal.

He also played against Musselburgh on Tuesday when he laid on one goal and scored another.

Ronald is likely to start in the season-opening Ramsden’s Cup first round tie against Liviingston on Saturday, when he could be joined in the line-up by at least one other new face.

After Saturday’s game against Forfar Little said he was keen to make three additions to his first team squad - a centre half, a wide man and someone else to play through the middle up front.

Of the five trialists who turned out against Athletic, two others (who played 8 and 9) caught Little’s eye and he admitted he was keen to try and land them both.

“Because of circumstances I don’t want to say too much about one of them at the moment,” he said, “but the other (Liam Buchanan) is a possibility.”

One player who could miss the game, however, is defender Dean Hoskins. He went into hospital this week for an operation on his teeth and he is uncertain as to his availability.

With three other key players out (see story on page 103) Little has been boosted by the news that central defender Dougie Brydon has been back to see a specialist this week.

He has had a second injection into his groin, and whilst it is likely to be ‘three or four weeks’ before he is able to play a full 90 minutes, the manager says that there is now ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ as far as the Duns-based central defender is concerned.

Little was also pleased to welcome back Stevie Notman for the first time on Tuesday, following his time off to attend civic duties in the Borders during the summer, and he too could be included in the squad for Saturday.

Little says this has been ‘the worst pre-season I can remember at Berwick’ because of injuries, holidays and unavailability.

“But the lads are hungry, “ he said. “I can see they are up for it,and I am sure they will go into the two opening cup matches against Livi and Cowdenbeath and give it their all.”

Meanwhile, Little has appointed Lee Currie as his captain for the start of the season

“Lee is a player with a lot of quality,” he said. “His temperament is sometimes brought into question, but I am hoping that he will respond positively to having more responsibility.

“It may sound a silly thing to say, but I am hoping that Lee can go on and further his career with a step up the ladder, and if this brings out the best in him I will be pleased to have played a part in that.”