Striker Gray set to return, but Crease didn’t have a notion about Motion

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DAMON Gray is on his way back to Berwick.

The former Rangers striker is back training with the club and is expected to sign a new deal as soon as international clearance comes through.

Gray has most recently been playing in Sweden, but has returned home after his full-time Scandinavian contract ended.

Manager Jimmy Crease said this week: “Damon has been training with us recently and is keen to play for us again.

“He had been playing in Sweden on a full-time basis, but his contract ended before Christmas and now he is back in Scotland again.

“We have been struggling for goals and when he signs for us he will simply give us another option up front.”

Gray was a regular in the Berwick side during the 2009-10 season, scoring 11 goals in 31 appearances, and it had been hoped that he would return at the start of the current campaign.

But during the summer the former Newcastle, Hibernian and Partick Thistle man was offered a full-time contract with Ostersunds FK in Sweden, and after a trial with another club in Finland he took up their offer.

The 22-year-old is expected to sign a new contract with Berwick shortly.

But Berwick have been forced to give up on midfielder Kevin Motion after the former Stenhousemuir player reneged on a new contract.

Motion (27) played as a trialist for Rangers against East Stirling last weekend when he came off the bench for the last half-hour.

Immediately after the game he put pen to paper on a deal after agreeing terms on a move to Shielfield. But just 24 hours later Motion shocked manager Jimmy Crease when he asked to be released from the contract.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Crease.

“Kevin signed for us after the East Stirling game and the registration papers were sent away.

“He even came back to my pub on the Saturday night for a drink, so you could imagine my surprise when he rang me on Sunday night to ask us to rip up the papers.”

Indications were that Motion had an offer from another club - he later signed for Alloa - and Crease added: “Naturally I am very disappointed because this is not the way I do business.

“I thought we had a deal, but obviously not, and at the end of the day it’s no sense in keeping a player if he doesn’t want to be here.”