BERWICK’S controversial striker Darren Gribben has made ‘an unreserved apology’ following his antics at Hampden last weekend.
Gribben was hauled off after only half an hour in the 1-0 defeat at Queen’s Park for failing to follow team instructions from his manager Jimmy Crease.
As the club’s leading scorer left the pitch he was seen to remove his shirt and throw it to the ground in front of backroom staff.
This prompted an angry reaction from Crease who followed Gribben down the tunnel, where there was a confrontation and the pair ‘had words.’
Crease later said Gribben had shown disrespect to him, the club, the shirt, his team-mates and the fans with his actions. He also said that he would be dealing with the matter internally, but added that the player would be punished.
In a statement issued through the club this week Gribben, who is known for his petulant nature, said:
“I let myself and the club down badly, and I appreciate that my conduct was completely unacceptable.
“I’m sure that questions will be asked about my committment to Berwick Rangers, but I can assure everyone that I’ll be aiming to make amends by putting in good performances on the pitch, if selected.
“We have a good bunch of lads here, and I’m really hoping we can have some success this season.”
Not unexpectedly, Gribben was dropped for Saturday’s away game against East Stirling.
Meanwhile, Berwick are in the process of adding players in a bid to boost their flagging play-off hopes.
Midfielder John Grant made his full debut at Ochilview on Saturday. The 22 year-old made over 160 appearances for Alloa over a four year period and Crease says he will be a useful addition to the squad.
Kevin Motion played as a trialist on Saturday. He came off the bench for the last half hour as a replacement for Craig O’Reilly, and there are hopes that he might be added to the squad shortly.
The 27 year-old, who has spent the last two and a half years with Stenhousemuir, has been a target for Berwick in the past. During his time at Ochilview he scored 19 goals in 68 appearances.
However, Berwick have released winger Paul McMullan.
In recent months McMullan’s work committments have made training difficult and so it was agreed by the club this week that he could be released from his contract. Manager Crease said he wished McMullan well for the futuire.
Steven Thomson has also returned to Stenhousemuir after his loan spell, whilst Guy Kerr has joined Musselburgh, where he had previously been playing on loan.
* Berwick’s home game against Stranrar on Saturday (February 5) has been postponed because Stranraer are still involved in the Scottish Cup.