Nwanze back in blue as Albert prepare to meet Selkirk

FANS’ favourite Bobby Nwanze is set to pull on a Royal Albert shirt once more for the visit of Selkirk this afternoon.

A one-time Clyde signing, Nwanze kicked off the season with Royalists and became a big hit with the Albert Park crowd and in particular the young Ultras.

He moved on to East of Scotland Premier League side Preston Athletic, but has since been released and is now set to begin his second stint at Hawick.

Nwanze said: “I wanted a go in the Premier League, but, although I scored two goals, things didn’t work out with Preston Athletic. They played me as a winger, which I will never ever be, and I got released.

“I got in touch with Hawick manager Graeme Chadwick and told him I was a free agent, and then he signed me.

“It’s great to be back with Hawick as I like the setup, and the crowd are just brilliant.

“I have scored five goals for Hawick, and I am hoping to score a lot more now that I am back.”

There is no silverware up for grabs when Albert take on near-neighbours Selkirk in this afternoon’s First Division encounter, only pride and points at stake.

The two old rivals are on a quest to brighten up their respective campaigns. With one league win to their credit, Royalists are fourth bottom of the table. Without a win or a draw, Selkirk are pointless and anchored at the foot.

Albert are set to face a Selkirk side that includes four Hawick players: Jason Inglis, Bryan Tait, David Battle, and Bruce Connelly.

Hawick teenager Declan Hogg, who has been showing up extremely well in first season with Royalists, said: “The Hawick boys in the Selkirk team will be looking forward to playing against the Albert. It will be a special game for them.”