Coughlin secures Chris McDonald’s signature

Berwick Rangers are delighted to welcome Chris McDonald to the club, after he completed a transfer from Whitley Bay FC earlier today.

Coughlin will be pleased with his latest addition having expressed a desire to add pace down the left flank.

The defender has impressed at Shielfield Park during his time as a trialist, and caught the eye once more during Tuesday evening’s friendly with Hibernian.

Based in Newcastle, Chris will join forward Greg Rutherford in making trips from Tyneside to Berwick and throughout Scotland.

Aged 23, the defender is highly-rated by fans of Whitley and Northern League watchers, having rose through the ranks at Hillhead Park.

Having joined Whitley from Jarrow FC back in 2014, Chris rapidly became a regular and during his time at the Bay, racked up an impressive 165 appearances whilst netting 10 times.

Even more impressively, the defender’s leadership abilities were recognised as he was entrusted with the captain’s armband last season. McDonald thrived under the responsibility, winning the club’s Player of the Year award.

Whitley Bay boss Marc Nash commented: “Chris played every minute of every game for me since taking over, and has been a good servant to the club. Playing league football is a good opportunity, and he leaves with our blessing.”

The club would like to thank Whitley for their part in helping provide Chris with the opportunity to join the club, and wish the left-sided defender a very warm welcome to Shielfield Park.

The defender has officially received international clearance from FIFA, and will therefore may debut during tomorrow afternoon’s Betfred Cup clash with Greenock Morton, which kicks off 3pm at Shielfield Park.