British Virgin Islands International forward Josh Bertie recently signed a dual-registration deal with English Club Dorchester Town FC and his former club Andover Town.
The 25-year-old scored 31 goals in 25 games this season with Andover Town before getting the nod with 7th Division club Dorchester Town FC.
Bertie’s first game for Dorchester was described by one English newspaper as a “difficult start” with promising signs after his side lost 2-nil to Beaconsfield Town last Saturday.
Speaking on Bertie’s promotion was President of the BVI Football Association Andy Bickerton who said the move is a good one for the BVI International forward.
He said, “It is a good step forward for Josh Bertie. Dorchester Town are in the Conference South which is just outside the football league in England. He’s been playing for Andover for a number of years so that is a good step up for him.”
“So from a BFA’s perspective obviously he will be playing a higher level of football which we’re really pleased about and the sooner we have some of our other young players coming through to do the same thing, the better,” he added.
President Bickerton also said that Bertie’s advancement in professional football is an inspiration for the upcoming youths here in the territory, that they too can reach similar levels once they put in the necessary work.
Josh Bertie’s next game for his new club is Saturday January 22nd against Chesham United at around 11am BVI time.