Greens stick with coaches

DEREK Armstrong and Rocky Johnstone have been confirmed as the coaches of Hawick for next season.

And club president Alister Pow has this week strenuously denied rumours of potential coups at the club’s annual general meeting next month.

There has been intense speculation that two separate groups were looking to mount a challenge to the current committee at the AGM on July 13.

But Mr Pow revealed he had spoken with one and was intending to meet with the other, along with vice-chairman Michael Aitken.

He told the Hawick News: “I had a meeting with Terrence Froud last week and the proposal he put forward wasn’t a stupid proposal.

“He had a view which was completely and utterly justified, but we had already signed our coaches up for the season.

“It was an amicable meeting and I would like to keep Terrence on board with all his thoughts because he is very knowledgable.”

Meanwhile Armstrong admitted that after leading the Greens to Premier One survival last season, he and Rocky had some unfinished business.

And he is in confident mood ahead of the new campaign.

Armstrong, who is approaching his fourth year coaching at Mansfield Park, said: “I felt last year I was dealing with a lot of matters off the pitch and Rocky was left to do a lot of the coaching.

“We’re wanting to aim for the league title or the top four at least, that’s our challenge.”

And Armstrong defended his coaching record.

He added: “I might not be the best, but I’m willing to stand up and be counted.

“If we don’t get into the top eight then I’ll walk away, because then I won’t have done my job.”

Mr Pow also confirmed that former scrum half and Greens stalwart Kevin Reid is to take on the role of assistant director of rugby.

On the playing side, talks are still ongoing with a number of potential new players although it is understood Hawick YM stand off Lee Armstrong could be one set to make the move to Mansfield Park, while over the fence, Wullie Blacklock is rumoured to be joining the Redskins.