IAN Little always had confidence in Doug Brydon’s ability to make the step up to senior football, but the Berwick Rangers manager says the centre-back signed from Duns in the summer has surpassed his expectations so far.
Brydon has been a regular alongside Chris Townsley at the heart of the Berwick defence this season, his aeriel ability and composure on the ball earning him plenty of admirers and keeping Andy McLean out of the team.
“I liked him when he was first at Berwick, but he was a young lad at the time and didn’t get much of a chance,” said Little, who was a player when Brydon arrived at Shielfield for a short and unsuccessful stint four years ago. “I always remembered him being a good footballer and being able to pass the ball, but when he arrived this summer I wasn’t quite so sure about winning the ball in the air. To be fair, he’s actually very, very good at that. He wins headers all day. He’s fit and can get around park. He has great attributes all round.”
At the age of 25, Brydon’s chances of playing senior football appeared to be over after his short spell at Berwick didn’t work out. He spent the next two seasons at Coldstream in the East of Scotland League before moving to home-town team Duns, who were then in the Border Amateur League.
When Duns joined the East of Scotland League First Division last season, Brydon quickly himself as one of the best centre-backs in the league, attracting interest from both Ayr United and Livingston.
“I always had plenty confidence in his ability, but I wasn’t sure he wanted to come to Berwick after not being given much of a chance the last time,” added Little.
“I never had any worries about him making the step up to senior football though. I knew he would have been well looked after by Neil Oliver at Duns. He has settled in quickly and I think he’s enjoying it so far. He’s been exceptional. I’m just glad I gave him the chance.”