Hawick PSA and Hawick Wanderers are gearing up for next weekend’s semi-junior league kick-off.
And although the perennial problem of dwindling player numbers has resurfaced, the clubs’ respective coaches remain upbeat for the campaign ahead.
PSA find themselves in a familiar position to last season with numbers at an all-time low. But club president Billy McCracken spoke this week about the club’s prospects and insisted progress is being made to avoid the issues that plagued them last season.
He said: “Like every year we are after new bodies who can help the club because participation at under-16 level is not what it used to be. The club has a good group of lads who have been down at training all pre-season and are looking forward to the new season but more are still needed to make sure we can take to the field at the end of the month and avoid problems.
“It was a dramatic few days when we announced we were withdrawing from the league last year to then turn around and commit. It is something everyone at PSA is very keen to avoid again this year.”
Wanderers head coach Graeme Renwick conceded that there there isn’t enough players in the town but is thankful the size of his squad isn’t causing him any concerns at the moment.
“Obviously there is a problem with the number of lads playing the game but it is not something new.
“The fact that we are in a slightly better position to PSA could easily change so we are not by any means resting on our laurels,” said Renwick.
“We managed to achieve some great success last season in winning the Borders League and the Kings of the Sevens title so we’ll be looking to be build on those good performances.
“Some are expecting us to be challenging for the league this season but we’ll be taking each game as it comes and if we are close near the end of the season then I’ll be happy.”