David Morris departs

MorrisJohn Coughlin has wished winger David Morris well for the future after he left Shielfield Park today.

The 26-year-old joined from Dalkeith Thistle in the summer after impressing while on trial but hasn’t featured for the first team much under Coughlin, with the manager admitting that he didn’t see Morris as part of his plans moving forward.

“David hasn’t spent a lot of time on the park recently and an agreement was reached where he would move on to try and get some football elsewhere,” said Coughlin. “When a manager comes in, he has a style of play and I don’t tend to play with wingers. I really like Callum Crane and Ewan McNeil to bomb on up the pitch and if we’re playing with wingers, that tends to restrict them a wee bit and I’ve never really done that.”

“He’s decided that it’s time to move on and I think that’s a move that’s best for all parties. I’d like to wish him all the best because he’s a fantastic guy and a real beast on the training ground – he works his socks off. He needs to play games, it’s a simple as that, and I just couldn’t guarantee that.”

Morris featured 15 times for the ‘Gers in all competitions, with five starts and 10 appearances from the bench. His solitary goal came in the memorable extra-time League Cup win over Alloa Athletic, where the ‘Gers came from 2-0 down at half-time before David Banjo’s 97th minute headed winner made it 3-2.

Elsewhere, Dean McConnell and Ewan Herriot, regulars in the U20 team, have returned from Development loans at Civil Service Strollers and have now gone out to Whitburn Juniors – managed by ex-Berwick boss Tom Hendrie – on Standard loans, allowing them to play for Berwick in the SPFL.