Goalkeeper Adams is first new signing for Berwick boss Horn

The football league season may just have finished but Berwick manager Robbie Horn has already been busy restructuring his playing staff.

Monday, 14th May 2018, 3:25 pm
Updated Monday, 14th May 2018, 3:30 pm

Last week he confirmed that eight players had left the club, whilst he also made his first signing for the 2018-19 campaign.

The new arrival is goalkeeper Alisdair Adams, who joins the Scottish League 2 side on a pre-contract agreement from Musselburgh Athletic. The 6ft 2in stopper will join the club in the summer.

Horn has also confirmed the return of defender Jordan Orru after the left back agreed a new deal.

Orru was a regular in the team towards the end of the season and turned in several impressive performances as Rangers climbed away from the foot of the table.

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The eight have all left at the end of their contracts or loan spells with the Shielfield Park outfit.

They include two former captains - Stevie Notman, who has decided to hang up his boots at the end of his testimonial season, and Jonny Fairbairn, who comes from Milfield in Northumberland, and has taken his his first stsps into management as the new player-manager with East of Scotland side Coldstream.

Three loan players - goalkeeper Robby McCrorie, striker Jack Hamilton and defender Alex Petkov - have all returned to their parent clubs.

McCrorie was a near ever-present during the course of the season during his loan spell from Rangers. The 20 year-old made 42 appearances, kept eight clean sheets and ended the season with a place in the Scotland Under 21 squad for an upcoming tournament.

Hamilton, who earned the 2017/18 top scorer award after a double at Clyde, returns to Livingston. The 17-year-old enjoyed a great start to his professional career after a deadline day move from the Championship runners-up. And Petkov also returns to parent club Heart of Midlothian. The 18-year old made six appearances for Robbie Horn’s side.

Three others, Paul Simpson, Kevin McKinlay and Steven Thomson have also left the club.

Simpson, formally of St Johnstone U20s, featured in the second half of 2017/18 after being promoted from Berwick’s U20s squad. McKinlay and Thomson both move on after two seasons at Shielfield Park. Thomson, who was the top scorer in 2016/17 and netted 17 goals for the club.

Adams, who is 26, has spent the last five years at Musselburgh, and Horn said: “I’m delighted to get Ally on board. He has been one of the best goalkeepers in the Juniors for some time now. He’s a great shot stopper, commands his box well and very good with the ball at his feet.

“He’s a real character but has really matured over the last year or so and has become a fitness fanatic. He’s another player who is hungry for it and desperate for a crack at senior football and I’m pleased I’ve got two real quality keepers competing for the number one jersey.”

Adams said: “I’m absolutely delighted to sign for Berwick, it’s my first taste of senior football and I’m excited to begin my career with such an established senior club. There was a couple of offers on the table, but having spoken with the gaffer Berwick just felt like the right fit for me.”