Coughlin delighted at signing of sought-after Sheerin

Manager John Coughlin has revealed his delight at capturing Jordyn Sheerin after the striker negotiated his release from Livingston to sign on the dotted line for the ‘Gers.

The former Musselburgh man, who has previously featured in Scottish League Two for East Stirlingshire, East Fife and Arbroath, cut short short his two-year stay at Livingston in the quest for more first-team football, filling the void left in the ‘Gers’ attacking department following the departure of Blair Henderson to Stirling Albion.

And Coughlin believes he has a fantastic signing in the 26-year-old and explained the importance and the process of getting things over the line.

“It’s not normal for Berwick to sign players from Championship clubs and a lot of work has gone in to getting Jordyn here,” he said. “He’s had a lot of attention. I was sitting in his house the other night completing the paperwork and his phone was ringing from various clubs, but I’d met with him three times so there was never any doubt on our part that the deal wasn’t going to be completed.

“Every time that we spoke he showed a real enthusiasm and he’s been like a kid in a sweet shop raring to go so hopefully that translates into his play. I’m looking forward to working with him, as I am with the rest of the guys.”

But this isn’t the first time Coughlin and Sheerin have worked together. Sheerin struggled during a short stint under Coughlin at East Stirlingshire – netting just once – but the manager believes he has totally reinvented himself and is in no doubt that he can be a success at Shielfield Park.

“I worked with Jordyn at East Stirlingshire after he’d been released by Falkirk but back then it was completely different days. He’s totally reinvented himself for anyone that knows his story. Jordyn came out and there wasn’t a lot going for him and at the Shire then, it was £30 per week days and he came in, it wasn’t for him, so he didn’t hang around long.

“However, his scenario changed. He got himself as fit as he possibly could, went along to Musselburgh and banged in 42 goals which saw Livingston take the opportunity to sign him. But the current management team couldn’t guarantee him a game in the Championship so he decided to look elsewhere. When I got wind of it, I was straight in there to figure out how to get a deal together and I’m delighted it’s now over the line.

“I’m sure you’re going to see a boy who’ll rumble up a few defences next season and his style of play might not be the easiest on the eye but he’s very, very effective and he’ll do well for us, I’m in no doubt about that.”

Meanwhile, Coughlin has offered his reassurances to fans that signings will continue to be announced over the coming days.

“I can understand that the fans are probably thinking, ‘Are we actually signing any players?’ but we’ve been working very diligently under the radar to make all of the signings we need, more of which should be announced over the next seven days.

“It’s all to do with contracts. Some of the players are still contracted to other clubs and until such a time comes when their release papers come through or they reach the end of their contract, we won’t be releasing the names. We have to make sure we get things done properly as we don’t want to be making statements that aren’t true.”

By Martin Inglis