DEAN Brett has signed for East Super League junior side Bonnyrigg Rose 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, who is chasing Kelty Hearts for the Super League title but it is more than 20 points behind with six games in hand, feels the former Cowden stalwart is deserving of a second chance.

He commented: “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."