Coldstream swoop for four Frenchmen

Coldstream Football Club
Coldstream Football Club

Coldstream have completed the signing of two French players and are hoping to add another two the squad in the coming days.

Midfielder Arnaud Gauthier and defender Axel Cassard have both completed their moves, and the club hope to tie up two more French defenders on deals until the end of the season.

All four are students at Edusport Academy, an academy in Edinburgh that brings French youth players to Scotland where they also gain a qualification in English.

The players are being trained by Berwick Rangers manager Colin Cameron and other former professionals on a daily basis.

Gauthier scored on his Coldstream debut after coming off the bench against Hawick Royal Albert on Saturday in the 5-1 King Cup first round victory.

His signing and registration was completed shortly before kick-off, but the other three Frenchmen were also at the game. The paperwork for Cassard, a full-back, was completed today.

The swoop came about thanks to the efforts of Coldstream stalwarts Jim McLean and Allan Wilson, who met Cameron and watched the players train at Ainslie Park.

Coldstream assistant manager Phil Johnson said: “Strengthening the defence has been a priority for some time, but it is not easy to get players in during the season. Jim and Allan have worked hard to bring them in and bolster the squad.

“The lads are training every day, so they are fit and hungry to play. We hope they can not only add quality to the squad, but also increase competition for places over the final few weeks of the season and give us a lift. We’re looking forward to seeing them in action.

“There isn’t any financial outlay for the club. We just need to make sure the lads are looked after and made to feel welcome. If it all goes well, this might open a door for us next season too.”

Gauthier and Cassard are both expected to feature in a friendly away to Dunbar United tonight.