Nitten captain Currie has appetite for success

Newtongrange captain Lee Currie reckons he had one of his best-ever seasons at Berwick which nearly scored a move to Hearts
Newtongrange captain Lee Currie reckons he had one of his best-ever seasons at Berwick which nearly scored a move to Hearts
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Newtongrange Star midfielder Lee Currie hasn’t given up hope of a return to senior football one day.

The 26-year-old was on the verge of a shock move to Hearts two seasons ago having spent time on trial in Robbie Neilson’s first pre-season as manager.

Former Berwick Rangers man Currie didn’t end up earning himself a move to the Tynecastle club, returning to Shielfield Park and leaving for Newtongrange a year later.

He had offers to return to League Two in the summer, but was one of five existing players to pledge their futures to incoming boss Stevie McLeish, with former Hibs kid Currie awarded the captaincy.

“I was out of contract in the summer and I had a few offers, a few in the Juniors and a couple in the second division as well, but I just decided to stay with Nitten again because it’s a great club,” said Currie.

“You get everything done for you and it’s handy for me because I stay in Dalkeith so it’s only five minutes up the road.

“To be honest there’s not much difference [between the Juniors and League Two]. You maybe don’t get as much time on the ball as you would in the second division – in the Juniors it’s a battle every game, players are in your face all the time.

“There’s a lot of travelling in the second division as well, it gives up your Saturday and that was one of the reasons why I decided to stay with Nitten.”

Despite knocking back the advances of Senior clubs during the close season to remain at New Victoria Park, the former Hibs youngster, who worked with McLeish during his time at Easter Road, harbours hopes of a return to League Two or above in the future.

Currie was invited down to Chester for a four-day training camp with Hearts ahead of their year in the Championship and the experience left him enthused.

Currie continued: “I went into training with Hearts for two weeks after what probably was the best season I’ve ever had with Berwick. I played a in a couple of friendlies, but it never quite worked out at the time. I enjoyed myself, it was a good experience for me and I learned a lot. I just need to take it on and keep learning.

“My aim is to go back to senior football one day if the right move comes up. I’d be delighted to go back up to the second or first division, I just need to keep on working hard and playing well. If anyone comes in for me at the end of the season it’s a bonus.”

Currie will captain Star as they bid to get their second three points of the season after four games without victory since they beat Carnoustie in their season opener, when they host Linlithgow Rose.

Rose arrive on the back of three straight victories in the Super League and although he’s expecting a tough assessment, Currie and his team-mates are raring to go despite losing 3-0 at Hill of Beath last weekend.

He added: “Saturday was probably the best we’ve played all season so it was a hard one to take for us. We’ve got a big game tomorrow and I suppose we can correct it. Hopefully we can get back to winning ways.”

McLeish insists he isn’t panicking yet after their winless run and is confident his squad will be able to turn things around as they slowly get to know each other.

“You miss chances and you make errors at the back and it creates anxiety, then suddenly the whole thing is going against you,” he said.

“These things happen when a team has just come together; it will iron itself out, I’m confident. I’m not pressing any panic buttons put it that way.”