Premier League clubs show interest in Brydon

Dougie Brydon has been hugely impressive since signing from Duns in the summer
Dougie Brydon has been hugely impressive since signing from Duns in the summer

BERWICK skipper Chris Townsley is hoping Rangers can hold on to his central defensive partner Dougie Brydon during the January transfer window.

Brydon, who has starred with a string of impressive performances this season following his switch from home town club Duns in the East of Scotland League, has already attracted the attention if scouts from clubs on both sides of the border.

Hibs, Stoke, Sunderland and Leeds are all rumoured to have shown an interest in the 24 year-old, and Townsley believes some of them may come knocking when the window opens next month.

“Dougie has been very consistent in his level of performance,” said Townsley, “and the question is whether we can keep a hold of him.

“Obviously I would like him to stay because we are starting to develop a good understanding, but we will just have to wait and see what happens.”

Berwick, who travel to take on Stirling Albion this weekend, have one home game remaining in 2012 against Queen’s Park on December 22.

Townsley added: “That’s a game we know we need to win because we have not won a home game in December since 2008 and that’s something the management have been keen to impress on us.

“We were hoping to put that right against Peterhead, but unusually for us we got off to a slow start and conceding a goal in the first half made it all the more difficult for us.

“We have had a tough month. The cup exit to Stenhousemuir seemed to knock our confidence a bit, because apart from the game against Annan we haven’t really been able to kick on.

“We have got the ability, there is no question about that. When you see us in training the ball is pinging around all the time with players playing little one-twos, but somehow we can’t always replicate that when it comes to the games on a Saturday.

“The manager (Ian Little) likes us to get the ball down and play, because that is what we do best, and in many respects we are breaking the mould in this league as most teams like to play it long.

“It’s a difficult one, but we are sticking to our principles and hopefully that elusive December win will come soon.”