Berwick Rangers sign two new players

Paul Currie, seen here in action against Hibs, has returned to Berwick Rangers
Paul Currie, seen here in action against Hibs, has returned to Berwick Rangers

Berwick have made their first move into the transfer market during the January window by signing two new players.

Midfielder Paul Currie is on his way back to the club after spells with Hamilton, Arbroath and Bonnyrigg Rose, whilst goalkeeper Michael Andrews joins from East Fife.

Currie first emerged at Shielfield under former manager Jimmy Crease, and established himself as a first team regular, often popping up to score vital goals.

Andrews, meanwhile, who is 23, has been signed on a full transfer after it was revealed that current first choice keeper Paul Grant is being recalled by parent club Hibernian at the end of his loan spell.

Both Currie and Andrews are expected to go straight into the squad for Saturday’s home game against second-placed Annan Athletic at Shielfield.

Berwick manager Ian Little had been promised money to strengthen his squad by the Board of Directors, with chairman Brian Porteous revealing that there was enough cash to bring in ‘two or three’ new faces.

Little has also revealed that he is keen to add another striker to his squad.Earlier in the week he said: “I know some people might think that money isn’t an issue, but we have to be realistic.“It’s no good going out and splashing the cash on anyone - it has to be the right man.”

In the past week Little has also seen midfielder Owen Ronald leave the club, returning to Dumbarton at the end of his loan spell.

Coming back in has been full-back Lewis Turner, who spent the early part of the season on loan with Musselburgh Athletic.

“We have a relatively young squad, and so far they have done extremely well,” he said.

“But sometimes I wonder if a little bit more experience might help - would that experience help us win games.

“It’s a fine line and anyone who follows the league can see how tight and unpredictable it really is.

“We had a couple of wins recently which got us right back in contention, but only one point from the last two games has seen us lose ground again.

“We are now entering a key part of the season, we have back to back games coming up at home (against Annan and Stirling Albion) and if we can take advantage of that we will be right back in the mix again.

“The players have done a tremendous job so far. We have played well in games without always getting the results we deserve, but if I could just get an extra one per cent out of them at times it might make all the difference.

“Take the last game against Montrose for example. We were the better side, but one effort hit the post and rolled across the line. That was the difference between one point and three, and it’s been like that all season.

“A bit of experience might help, but experience comes at a price. One of the problems I have also found has been that some players think Berwick is too far away, which is why we have difficulty attracting them to the club.”