Bonnyrigg Rose have signed midfielder Dean Brett on a short-term deal until the end of the season
Brett was sacked by Cowdenbeath last month after breaching SFA rules on gambling on football after placing more than 2000 bets, which included some against his own team. He is due to face a hearing at Hampden later this month and is currently serving a four-game ban, of which there are three games outstanding for posting offensive comments on Twitter.
Rose boss Robbie Horn feels the Edinburgh-born player is deserving of a second chance, saying: “What he has done with the gambling hasn’t been great, but at the same time he’s been through a hell of a lot in his life and he’s only 24.
“He deserves a second chance. He’s not killed anybody, taken drugs or anything like that. He knows he’s been silly and knows he has done wrong. He’s a good lad, he’s just lost his way a wee bit.
“He’s a top quality footballer. It wasn’t that long ago he was playing in the Championship and he had offers last summer to go to better clubs but he decided to be loyal to Cowdenbeath.
“If nobody had signed him his ban would still be sitting at three games. We’ve basically signed him and agreed a deal with him which helps him get the ban out the way. He’ll be available to play when the ban is out the way.”