Currie joins Hamilton

BERWICK manager Jimmy Crease says there will be life after Paul Currie.

The influential midfielder left last week to go full-time with Hamilton.

Crease was naturally reluctant to let him go, but he added that he could not stand in the way of a player bettering himself.

Currie, who is 26, joined the Accies after spending the last few weeks training with the first division outfit.

Currie, who had been with Rangers for two seasons, agreed to join the Accies on transfer deadline day (Wednesday) after The Borderers accepted a renewed offer for his services.

Berwick originally rejected a bid for the play-maker, who had scored an impressive 21 goals in 78 appearances, but when Hamilton came in with an improved offer a deal was struck.

Manager Crease was naturally disappointed to lose one of his key players, but as Currie had always wanted to go full-time it was decided the club could not stand in his way.

“Of course we are sorry to see Paul leave,” said Crease, “because he was a big player for us and scored some vital goals.

“He has a great engine on him and can run all match from box to box, which was one of the main reasons I signed him originally from Musselburgh Athletic.

“He also has the ability to run fast with the ball, and he often pops up late on the edge of the box, which was how he scored a lot of his goals for us.

“But he was keen to go full-time and at the end of the day it is a good move for him.

“He goes with our best wishes and we wish him well for the future.

“He was a major player for us, and there is no doubt he will be a major loss. but things like this happen in football.

“We don’t want Berwick to be seen as a selling club, but I think a move like this sends out a message to other young players that a club like us can be a good stepping stone for them if they want to move on and play at a higher level.”

The departure of Currie means the Rangers’ squad has now been cut from 22 to 21, but Crease says that does not mean there will not be an opportunity to add to the first team pool in the weeks ahead.

“The transfer window has now closed,” he said, “but we can still bring players in on loan, and that is something we might look at.”

In the absense of Currie Rangers went down 2-1 to Livingston at home in the quarter-finals of the Ramsden’s Challenge Cup on Sunday.

Manager Jimmy Crease was naturally disappointed at the result, as he said his team had ’shot themselves in the foot’ with the manner in which they had conceded the two goals.

But he added: “It’s been a good cup run, both in the Challenge and League Cups, and we have made a little bit of money from it, which is important for a club like Berwick.

“Now, we have to concentrate on the league. We have two home games coming up and we need to regain our form again.

“The cup matches, which has meant playing in midweek, have taken a lot out of us physically as well as mentally, but now we face some fresh challenges, starting with Montrose next Saturday, and that is where we must concentrate all our efforts.”