MATTY Douglas is flying high after being signed up by Aviva Premiership outfit Newcastle Falcons, writes Gavin Gibbon.
The 16-year-old Hawick Wanderers and YM starlet has accepted a place on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence scheme at Kingston Park.
He told the Hawick News: “It’s a life-changing move and it will hopefully be for the best and give me a great chance of what I would call my dream, to become a professional rugby player.”
The two-year course will see fifth-year pupil Douglas continue his education at Gosforth Academy with rugby tuition from Falcons coaches throughout the week.
And games are played on a Wednesday night against other Premiership sides.
He added: “I will also train with the Falcons junior academy which gives me a great chance in pushing for a place in the senior academy and hopefully get a contract.”
Former Trinity Primary pupil Douglas started playing rugby at the tender age of eight.
He is a product of the high school and Albion sides of the last five years and made his Wands debut at 14. A promising stand-off or full-back, he has played for the Borders from under-15 through to under-18 levels and this season made the seamless step-up to National Division One with the YM.
“When I started playing rugby my dream, like every other player, was to be a professional player, and that still stands,” he said.
Douglas has made 11 starts for the Redskins in the league this season, scoring three tries and slotting seven conversions.