Murphy is happy to stick with local players

HAWICK Royal Albert boss Mick Murphy has spoken of his reluctance to recruit from outwith the town as his side goes in search of South Challenge Cup glory.

While other sides have beefed up their squads with players from the central belt and further afield, Murphy remains proud of his all-Hawick side.

And it is something he doesn’t want to see changing.

He told the Hawick News: “The thing about our boys is we are the only team that can stand up and be proud that we are made up only of local players.

“And nobody gets paid. I think even Eyemouth pay some of their players and that’s what we’re up against.

“But I wouldn’t want to go down the road of getting Edinburgh players in. When you do that there’s a split when they can’t get down for training and it doesn’t work.

“I’ve been there and done it before and all I’m concentrating on now is local players and there’s still two or three boys who I believe could make the step up.”

It has been a tough start to the season for Murphy with his side yet to win a game.

But while he acknowledges it has been a steep learning curve for his squad, he’s confident they can improve.

He added: “It’s a big step up from playing Border Amateur to East of Scotland football, but we haven’t been playing badly and there have been games we should have drawn or even won.

“I’m confident we won’t finish bottom of the league. That’s our aim because that’s where we’ve been the last few years.”