Berwick Rangers boss Crease retains Gribben deal hopes

Darren Gribben
Gribben scored 17 goals for Berwick last season

Berwick Rangers manager Jimmy Crease says the club are hopeful of securing a return for striker Darren Gribben, if a trial at Hamilton falls through.

Gribben, 25, scored 17 goals for Berwick last season but since returning to pre-season training has been with Accies, where he started his career.

"We're still hopeful he will come here," Crease told BBC Newcastle.

"If he goes full-time at Hamilton that will be great for him but we're still in contact, we'll wait and see."

Since making his debut for Accies at the age of 16, Gribben has played for six clubs, including Stirling, Brechin and Stranraer, and scored 68 goals in 195 league appearances.

Meanwhile Rangers allowed six players to leave Shielfield Park at the end of last season, with Alan Brazil, Kevin Gordon and Jamie Ewart among the departures.

In return Crease has added former Spartans defender Chris Townsley and Stephen Thompson from Stenhousemuir to the pool of players, and is keen to further expand his squad.

"At this moment in time we've only 14 signed players, we're still talking to guys," Crease continued.

"When you're in the Third Division, you sometimes have to wait on players filtering through from First and Second Division clubs.

"It's been hard to negotiate but we're getting there, and by the time the first game of the season comes round I'm sure we'll have one or two more making the addition to the squad."

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