Last week we brought you the news that promising midfielder Andrew Irving had joined the club on a development loan from Hearts until January 2018.
This week our club website caught up with the youngster to discuss his arrival, his background and his hopes for the season;
Hello Andrew, welcome to Berwick Rangers. Tell us something about you?
A: Thank you. I’m excited to be here. I’d describe myself as an attacking midfielder who is comfortable on the ball and tries to bring other players into play.
Which player have you modelled your game on?
A: I’d say that I play a bit like Mesut Ozil in terms of looking to create and assist others. I managed a few assists in the under 20’s last season and will be hoping to continue that at Berwick.
Any other footballing heroes?
A: I, like most people, love Lionel Messi and the way he plays. I used to enjoy watching that whole Barcelona side with the likes of Iniesta and Xavi too. I was brought up as a Hearts supporter and have been watching them with my family since the age of 6 so I should also include Rudi Skacel! He was a favourite of mine.
Who’s the best player that you’ve played with to date?
A: When training with the Hearts first team I’ve always been impressed with Don Cowie, who has also played down in England. Always talking and moving the ball well.
What are your hopes for this season?
A: I’m coming to Berwick to develop as a player and the physical side of my game. I hope to prove a good addition to the squad and prove that I’m ready for first team football. I’ll be looking forward to watching the older players and becoming a bit more street wise with my game.
A: It’s been an honour to represent Scotland at under 17 level and I’ll be hoping to show what I can do at Berwick to continue to the under 18’s or 19’s. That’s the aim.
What do you know about Berwick the place or the club?
A: I’ve only heard good things about the club and how it is run. I’ve visited Berwick a few times but am looking forward to spending a bit more time there to find out more. I hear that the Manager was a decent player in his time! I also know the goalkeeping coach well so feel I’ll settle in quickly.
Berwick are delighted to have Andrew for the next few months and hope to develop his career – as it will mean things are going well on the pitch. Andrew is expected to make his debut in the forthcoming friendlies.
For those people wanting to know a bit more about our players we can confirm his last holiday was to Majorca, his favourite food is anything chicken related and his best film is The Shawshank Redemption.
We all welcome him to the club as an exciting young talent.