Horn continues to build his Rangers' squad

Berwick manager Robbie Horn has continued to add to his squad ahead of the 2018-19 season.

Monday, 21st May 2018, 4:22 pm
Updated Monday, 21st May 2018, 4:26 pm
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Central defender Jamie Todd, midfielders Darren Lavery, Declan O’Kane and Paul Willis, and striker Ousman See will all return for further spells with the Shielfield Park outfit after agreeing new deals.

And they will be joined by young striker Grant Rose, who moves up to the first team after playing with the U20 development squad last season.

The five join the already-confirmed goalkeepers Alasdair Adams and Sean Brennan, defenders Oliver Fleming, Robert Wilson, Jack Cook and Jordan Orru as Horn strives to put together a squad capable of challenging in Scottish League 2.

Rose, who signed for the U20s last summer from Hutchison Vale, is the latest in a long line of players to make the step up from the development squad, earning his place after netting ten times in 18 SPFL Development League East games throughout 2017/18. The youngster also scored four goals while on loan at Lowland League side Gala Fairydean Rovers.

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Horn and his team have been impressed with what they’ve seen of Rose throughout the last season. “Grant is a player that has impressed the coaching staff over the past season with his performances for the development team,” said the manager.

“He’s a good size, strong, has good awareness and can score goals. He’s a young Borders boy, still only 17 but is a determined character and keen to progress. He’s very much deserving of the opportunity to step up to the first team and has earned his first pro contract.”

U20s coach Daniel McKenzie is proud to see another player progressing through the ranks at Shielfield: “I’m absolutely delighted that another of our Under 20 squad has stepped up to the first team squad for the forthcoming season,” he said

“Grant has really earned his new contract and I know he’s ready to kick on and really push to establish himself in the squad. It further shows the opportunities that we can offer young players at this club and I’m delighted that we have a manager in Robbie Horn who embraces youth.”

Of the other signings, Horn said: “I am pleased so many of last year’s squad have agreed to stay on and hopefully carry on from where we left off last season. I am particularly pleased Darren (Lavery) is coming back – for his eighth season – and he will now be our longest serving player, even though he is still only 26.”

Meanwhile, Berwick have also confirmed that two pre-season friendlies have been lined up.

On Saturday, July 7, they will face Ladbrokes League 1 side Raith Rovers at Shielfield in a 3pm kick-off and on Tuesday, July 10, the visitors will be Premiership side St Johnstone, kick-ff at 7.45pm.

The draw for the Betfred Cup group sections will be made tomorrow.

These will involve five teams with sides playing four matches, two at home and two away