Rangers’ skipper Townsley quits to join East Stirling

Defender Chris Townsley joined Berwick Rangers from Spartans in July 2011
Defender Chris Townsley joined Berwick Rangers from Spartans in July 2011

Chris Townsley has quit Berwick and decided on a move to third division rivals East Stirling instead.

The Rangers’ skipper, who has spent two years at Shielfield, was offered the chance of a new contract, but opted on a switch to Ochilview.

With Andy McLean having also left the club to take ‘a year out’ in Australia, Townsley’s departure leaves Berwick short on central defensive cover, making it all the more important that Dougie Brydon, who had such an impressive debut season with the club in 2012-13, puts pen to paper on a new deal.

The Duns-based stopper, who suffered a groin injury towards the end of last season, has been offered a contract extension, and is understood to be keen to stay, but so far a new deal has not been struck.

In a message to fans posted on the club’s official website, Townsley said: “I would like to thank everyone involved with Berwick Rangers for making my time with the club so enjoyable and memorable.

“It has been a pleasure to be involved with such a well-run club and get to know so many great people, many that I now consider friends.

“It has been an absolute privilege to have been captain of the club and it is something that I will remain proud of. I truly believe Berwick Rangers have a brilliant management team in Yano and Robbie and an excellent squad of young players, hopefully they can fulfil their potential in the season ahead.

“It was a really difficult decision to leave the club and was and one that I did not take lightly. My decision to join East Stirlingshire was due to personal reasons and is in no way a reflection on the club.”