Daniel Watt Earns First-Team Call Up

Berwick Rangers manager John Coughlin has called up Development team striker Daniel Watt to train with the first team squad for the rest of the season.

Watt in action against Alloa Athletic U20's

Watt in action against Alloa Athletic U20’s

John has watched the Under 20s a number of times since the turn of the year and has been sufficiently impressed with the forward’s efforts to give him a chance.

“He’ll join us in the first team squad for the rest of the season now,” revealed Coughlin prior to the match with Annan Athletic, which saw Daniel watch on from the bench.

“I was at the game on Wednesday – he’s a big strong boy and has been doing well at that level – and it’s time he came in and got a taste of some first team action and exposure of what we’re trying to do at this level.”

Daniel, from Dunfermline, first played as a trialist for Berwick last season when Myles Allan got involved helping Jason Dair run the team.

Earlier in 2014-15, Myles had signed him from Aberdour Under 19s to play for Burntisland Shipyard where he was manager at the time. After leaving the East of Scotland League club, he returned to Aberdour as well as playing as a trialist for a number of Junior clubs.

Despite not playing a full season, Daniel finished as the Development team’s top scorer last term. So far in this campaign, he has netted four times but there other qualities which have caught the eye. He combines a high work rate with an ability to hold off defenders and get out a decent pass and a willingness to be in the thick of the action even when the going is tough.

Currently on a Sports Studies course at Stirling University, he started out as a goalkeeper, only becoming an outfield player at the age of sixteen.

As well as playing midweek for Berwick Rangers in the SPFL Development League, Daniel has been on loan to Fife Junior side Lochore Welfare, where he will also remain until the end of the season.

Fans can view the squad profile of the ‘Gers newest first-team addition here.