Under 20’s co-manager Myles Allan admitted that his side were left feeling the effects of the inclusion of numerous development team players in Berwick’s East of Scotland Cup Final on Tuesday evening, after his young ‘Gers side went down 3-2 to Forfar Athletic.
“The effects of the game on Tuesday had a significant impact on our squad,” began Allan. “Not only were some playing their second match in as many nights, but it also prevented Ethan Anderson and Daniel Pattenden from taking part at all as they both picked up knocks on Tuesday.”
“However, the young trialists who came in did well and, although Forfar were probably the better team on the night, if ever there was a night to look beyond the scoreline, this would be it.”
Allan did however confess that he was pleased to hear that first-team manager Coughlin had signed young trio Euan Bauld, Calum Helm and Barry Hogg up for next season.
“I can only imagine how frustrating the season has been for Calum & Euan. I’m sure those who arrive at the home games early will have seen both of them working on their rehab. It’s great that they have both been rewarded for their hard work and I am sure that they will both feel that they want to make up for lost time in terms of their own development.
“Whilst it’s likely I will see some of them in development action next season, I wouldn’t want to limit them, or anyone else, to that ambition. If they all come back flying in pre-season and catch the manager’s eye, who is to say what could happen?”
And Allan also revealed that planning will soon get under way for next season’s development team, confirming: “We have a trip down to Newcastle next Thursday to play Newcastle’s Academy team so that will be a good chance for us (Myles and Neil Oliver) to have a chat about next season.
“There are a few things to cover but, given the performances this season, I would hope that the vast majority of the current Development Squad who are eligible for us again next season will remain.”
The ‘Gers co-manager is also involved on a matchday with the first-team and he discussed his thoughts on the season.
“I would imagine that the ambition at the start of the season was to be in contention for promotion at this time, so on that basis the season may have been a disappointment.
“However, the form over the last couple of months has been exceptional and I’m sure it gives everyone confidence that we can start next season in a positive manner.”