In a dramatic u-turn, Berwick play-maker Lee Currie signed on for the club for another year at the weekend.
Now, last year’s captain and leading scoring is targeting a play-off place with the Rangers as they prepare for another assault on the second division championship.
But as Currie signed back up, it was confirmed defender Dougie Brydon had left the club to rejoin home-town club Duns in the East of Scotland League.
Brydon had missed the whole of last season with a groin/hip injury and had hoped to impress manager Colin Cameron in pre-season, but this week he decided on a switch back to the club from whom he joined Rangers two seasons ago in an effort to get back to fitness.
Currie, who has spent three successful seasons at Shielfield, made no secret of the fact that he was looking for full-time football in 2014-15.
Only two weeks agoCameron admitted that he had resigned himself to the fact he was going to lose his midfield maestro.
Currie trained with Hearts and Cameron said there were offers on the table from two other full-time clubs, willing to take him on.
But a potential move to Tynecastle fell through when the Edinburgh side failed to offer him terms.
“It was disappointing,” he admitted, “because I really wanted to go full-time. There were two other clubs showing an interest in me, but for personal reasons I decided against them. I knew Berwick were keen for me to stay, and when I spoke to the gaffer this week and he said he would like me to sign on again if I had nothing else lined up, it was an offer I had to give serious consideration.
“To be honest, everything happened really quickly, and it did come as a bit of a surprise to me, but I had no hesitation in agreeing a new deal because I have always enjoyed my time here.
“This season we have a good side, perhaps man for man even better than what we had last season, and I think there is no reason why we shouldn’t be looking at a promotion place.
“We have the players and I think it is something we are very capable of.”
Cameron said he was ‘delighted’ Currie had agreed to sign a new one year contract.
“I had been looking at assembling a squad without him,” he said, “but then I found out Hearts hadn’t made him an offer and when he turned up at our friendly game against Spartans in midweek I had a word with him.
“I knew there were other offers on the table, but when I explained what we are hoping to do here this season, he texted me later on to say he was happy to stay.
“It is a big boost for us, but I am still hoping to add to the squad with the addition of at least two other new players.”