WATCH: Porteous praises local players

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Berwick chairman Brian Porteous has praised the efforts of a number of local players who have played trial matches with the club this week.

Rangers have kicked off their pre-season with games against North Shields and Dunfermline, both of which ended in draws.

And a feature of the matches was the appearance of several local players as trialists.

Former player Dougie Brydon (ex-Duns) and the Coldstream trio of Mark Walters (goalkeeper), Kieran Ainslie (defender) and striker John Crawford all received game time as player-manager Colin Cameron looks to build both his first team and Development squads.

Chairman Brian Porteous said after Monday’s 2-2 draw against Dunfermline that most of the locals had been recommended to Cameron by former Coldstream boss Neil Oliver, who is now assistant development team manager at Shielfield.

“They have been given their chance,” said Porteous. It is up to them to take it and if they are considered good enough it is up to Colin (Cameron) as to whether or not they are offered a contract.”

In our video, Porteous also explains the reasoning behind the decision to pay for vice captain Stevie Notman’s knee operation.