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Results aside, the future looks brighter for Selkirk FC following the announcement of a longed-for signing and a £50,000 floodlighting plan at Yarrow Park.
The mid-season boost is part of the club’s long-term proposals to improve both their playing squad and the facilities at the club – and for manager Steve Forrest both additions are more than welcome.
Commenting on the signing of former Berwick Rangers midfielder Phil Addison, whose contract stretches to June 2015, Forrest said: “I am absolutely delighted that Phil is staying with us.
“He is the type of quality player we want at the club and we hope to be bringing in several more players of that calibre for next season.”
The club announced the signing of the 20-year-old from Earlston after their 4-1 League Cup defeat at the hands of Vale of Leithen at Victoria Park last week.
Daryl Johnston scored Selkirk’s only goal of the game from the penalty spot on 23 minutes.
Work has also been going on behind the scenes at Yarrow Park and another welcome boost came at the end of last week when the club announced ambitious plans to erect four 45ft poles, complete with state-of-the art cluster lighting. If planning permission is approved the club will apply for funding from the Football Partnership, SFA and various Lottery grants and have the lighting in place by the time the dark nights draw in again.
Selkirk FC committee member Ross Anderson told The Southern: “We have been working on this project since November and are confident that everything will go through.
“We have done our homework and are working with a company called Musco Lighting which has drawn up plans for us and has been advising us along the way. The lights we will be using are the most advanced and economical available. They will point direct light onto the main pitch with minimum leakage, so we won’t be lighting up Bannerfield in the process.”
The plans also include providing lighting for the training and Vic’s pitches.
“It’s all down to some great work from the guys behind the scenes,” said Forrest, who recently voiced concerns about the lack of training facilities at Yarrow Park.
“Selkirk FC is one of the most forward-thinking clubs I have ever worked with,” he added.