Ins and outs at Yarrow Park

Selkirk vs Hibs at Yarrow Park. Selkirk win 3-1. Selkirk manager Steve Forrest.
Selkirk vs Hibs at Yarrow Park. Selkirk win 3-1. Selkirk manager Steve Forrest.

A handful of new players are expected to walk through the gates of Yarrow Park over the next week or so as the club looks to fill the hole left by a similar number of departures.

Manager Steve Forrest admitted last week that he had lost “four or five” players who had not yet had a chance to shine within the squad.

But he has pledged to continue his efforts to bring players through the under-20s squad, mainly run by assistant manager Paul Doig, to back up an existing team of experienced heads, and has recently acquired a goalkeeping coach in the form of ex-Kelso United boss Scott Dowie.

“There is nothing sinister going on – the guys who have left have either returned to their own country or have decided that they want to play regular games with amateur clubs,” he told The Southern.

“All those who have left have done so through mutual agreement with the club and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

“We still have a good established team here at Selkirk and over the next 10 days I am hoping to announce some new signings.

“In the meantime though credit must be given to the under-20s who have been helping us out while maintaining a strong footing in their own right.”

In their last outing the Souters managed to pull back a point in their Lowland League encounter against Gala Fairydean Rovers, despite the absence of star striker Garry O’Connor, through illness, and of otherwise ever-present Ousy See, who it turns out was stuck in Nigeria after the flight company he was travelling with went out of business.

Forrest fielded a squad of young players who were able to step up to the plate, and Jordan Finnie’s 77th-minute strike ended a three-game losing streak for the Souters.

Last weekend’s scheduled league match away to Whitehill Welfare was cancelled due to a waterlogged pitch.