Currie trains with Hearts as Rangers start pre-season

Lee Currie collecting multiple trophies at the Berwick Rangers end of  season awards
Lee Currie collecting multiple trophies at the Berwick Rangers end of season awards

Berwick manager Colin Cameron says it is almost certain last year’s captain, Lee Currie, will be playing elsewhere next season.

The midfielder, who scored 18 goals and was a multi-award winner at the end of season ‘Player of the Year’ presentations, has been attracting the attention of a number of clubs.

Currie himself has indicated he would like to go full-time, and Cameron says he has accepted an invitation to go in and train with Hearts.

“I have spoken with Lee’s agent, and he says there are still one or two other full-time clubs who would like to sign him, so I have to be realistic and say it is very unlikely we will see him back at Berwick next season.”

Rangers returned to pre-season training last week and after a Thursday get-together they put in a double session on Saturday.

“There are still one or two players on holiday, which is always going to happen at this time of the year,” said Cameron, “but in general the lads have kept their fitness levels up over the summer and some of them are looking sharp.”

Cameron has only made one close-season signing - Scott Maxwell from East Stirling - but he has had ‘one or two players in from training so far and that will continue to be the case over the coming weeks.

“Fans will see other clubs making new signings and start wondering what we are doing at Berwick,” he said.

“We have missed on three players, which is disappointing, but there are a lot more out there.

“We need to make another three or four signings to complete our squad, but I am only going to make a signing if I think the player is right for the club and can offer us something different.”

* Berwick are to play two pre-season friendluies at Shielfiekld - against Hibernian on July 12 and Dunfermline on July 19. Both games are 3pm kick-offs.

*The Stuart Markland Disability Fund received a big boost last week when it was confirmed over £1500 had been raised at the Black Bitch public house in Linlithgow, which is run by former manager Jimmy Crease.

The money will go towards purchasing an electric wheelchair for Stuart, a former player, who at 66 is now suffering from ill health. Stuart, played for Berwick in the mid-60s and Berwick Rangers’ Supporters’ Trust are also making a donation towards the fund.

A special hand-over night will take place at Berwick Town Hall on Friday, July 4.