Whilst last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to Annan Athletic may have been a disappointing result, there appeared to be an agreement among fans that a bright home debut from youngster Barry Hogg ensured there’d be at least one positive to take away from the game.
And after picking up the Social Media Man of the Match award and making his full debut against Clyde at the weekend, it would appear manager Colin Cameron was in full agreement.
The central midfielder joined the club over the Summer and was initially a signing for the Development Team, but made his first appearance for the club in the 4-1 League Cup loss to Kilmarnock in August.
And after making both his home and league bow, Hogg has admitted he’s delighted to be involved in first team action so soon.
“In all honesty I wasn’t expecting to play first-team football so soon after joining the club, so it’s great that I’ve been allowed the chance.
“I think the opportunity to play at this level is great for me – the step up in quality can only really help to improve me as a player.”
However, despite no doubt looking forward to more first-team chances, the tenacious 18 year old also insists he’s grateful for more regular game-time at Development League level.
“I’m also enjoying the chance to get regular time on the park with the Under 20’s. I captained the side against Cowdenbeath and played in last week’s win against East Stirlingshire, so it’s been a good experience so far.
“It’s great to be getting the opportunities at both levels. I was at Hibs from a young age. The facilities were outstanding there, but in honesty my performances weren’t up to scratch and I was struggling with injury, so I can understand why I was let go again.
“I ended up joining Livingston and playing a mixture of Under 17’s and reserve football, so the physicality isn’t that new to me. That was another spell I enjoyed, but with Livingston in financial difficulty I was let go.
“That led to a spell with Tynecastle Under 19’s. I was named captain last season an we ended up winning a league and cup double, it was a great year and one that led to Berwick spotting me.”
The midfielder operated from an unfamiliar right midfield position on Saturday, but admits it’s simply a case of ‘the more the better’ for him.
“I’ve played mainly centre back and centre midfield over the past few seasons. As a kid I also played up top, so I can slot in anywhere. I’m happy to play anywhere – the more games the better.
“Clyde was a tough game but I’m glad we got something. It’s early days, but I’m confident we can keep ourselves in with a shout of promotion.”
The club would like to thank Barry for taking the time to chat with us and congraultate him on his senior debut(s)! Hopefully he can continue to build on his progress!