FOOTBALLER Declan O'Kane this week secured a return to senior league football from Musselburgh Athletic.

The 22-year-old this week left Burgh for SPFL League Two outfit Berwick Rangers, where he became ex-Bonnyrigg Rose boss Robbie Horn's first signing since taking over as manager.

O'Kane, who moved for an undisclosed fee, was pleased to be back in the senior leagues.

He said: “I’m delighted to be signing for Berwick Rangers.

"I’ve been choking to get back into Senior football and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”

And Horn, who replaced John Coughlin in the Shielfield dugout, added: “I’ve tried to sign Declan twice before. Once when he left East Fife and then again in the summer whilst at Musselburgh.

"He can play a number of positions, is comfortable on the ball but what I really like about him is his fantastic attitude to the game.

"He’s got good energy levels, a bit dig about him and most importantly he’s a winner”.

O'Kane's career began with Hearts before he moved to Dunfermline Athletic and East Fife, where he made 19 appearances during their League Two title win in 2015.

He left that summer and has spent the last two years at Olive Bank, but now joins ex-Burgh trio Michael McKenna, Robert Wilson and Stephen Thomson at Berwick Rangers.

And a spokesperson for the East Premier League side said: "All at Musselburgh Athletic would like to send their best wishes to Midfielder Declan O’Kane who has signed for League 2 side Berwick Rangers.

"Declan has proved to be a vital part in the squad for the past two seasons and will be missed by many at Olivebank.

"Thanks Declan and good luck in your next venture."