Beach training and open day prove a big hit for the Rangers

Berwick Rangers are back in pre-season training and will kick off their friendlies next Wednesday with a home game against SPL side Hibernian at Shielfield.

Monday, 25th June 2018, 16:01 pm
Updated Monday, 25th June 2018, 16:08 pm

As part of the build-up to the new campaign, manager Robbie Horn took his players to the beach at Cocklawburn, just south of the town, on Saturday, where they trained on the dunes.

For some, it was their first experience of the sand, but Horn said it proved a useful workout.

“It builds character, helps with team bonding and, of course, it got those legs working,” he said.

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Afterwards, Rangers held an open training session at Old Shielfield, where they were watched by dozens of youngsters from the club’s junior section, before the first team players joined the youngsters for a range of activities on the main pitch.

“It’s all about building a good relationship with the fans and the kids,” said Horn. “There was a good turn out and I hope they all enjoyed themselves.

Meanwhile, Horn, who last week confirmed the re-signing of striker Aaron Murrell, says he has found it difficult attracting new players to the club this summer.

“The pyramid system hasn’t help,” he said. “Players now have a lot of choice where to play their football. We haven’t got the biggest of budgets either, and that hasn’t helped, so yes, it has been difficult attracting players to come and join us.”

So far Horn has only made two additions to his squad, in the shape of goalkeeper Ali Adams and midfielder Sean Murphy, but he hopes to confirm a further signing on July 1.

He has also added local teenager Rhys Bloomfield to his Development (U20) squad and this has created a lot of interest around the town.

With striker Ousman See sidelined for several months after suffering a bad leg injury, Horn is keen to add more fire-power up front, but says he might have to look at loan options.

“We are allowed to make loan signings from other clubs, and in the past we have had some good players here at Berwick,” he said. “That’s something I am looking into at the moment.”