NEW Linden coach Brian McDonnell admits the only way his side will stay head and shoulders above the rest this season is with an influx of more players.
Numbers at Volunteer Park during pre-season have varied considerably and McDonnell revealed he would be happy to welcome players from other clubs into the fold.
He told the Hawick News: “We’re still kind of struggling. We had a good turnout last Thursday and a good session, but you can only coach if there’s decent numbers and it’s been disappointing. We’ll soon start picking up injuries and in this league you need a big squad.
“Not everyone can play for Hawick or the YM so once they get a settled side I’m hoping some players might come to us for game time.”
And the former Greens and Jed star believes such an arrangement would be beneficial all round. He added: “My aim is to get these boys playing in the Hawick squad through their performances for the Linden. I want to see them improve, that’s why I took this job on.”
With reconstruction, the Linden are now in East Regional League Division One and no longer face arduous trips to places like Glasgow or Orkney.
But McDonnell is still expecting a tough league, starting with tomorrow’s clash at Preson Lodge. He added: “We’re in a better league and it’s great that’s there’s not as much travelling, but there are some decent sides and some big sides so I’m under no illusions about how difficult it’s going to be.
“We’ve got some good players though and I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen from youngsters Blaine Willison and Nathan Murray.
“If we could just get a few more in to boost the squad then I’m sure we could have a real go this season.”