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HAWICK could be set to bring in imports in their desperate fight to preserve their Premier One status.

Speculation was rife this week and the Hawick News understands that the club is looking into the possibility of recruiting two overseas players, believed to be a forward and a back from New Zealand.

And interim coach Rocky Johnstone said he would welcome any addition of fresh talent to his squad.

He said: “I believe we can stay up if we can get the right bodies in the right places.

“We haven’t got any strength and depth at the moment. It was great to see Jungle (Michael Robertson) back in action last week, but we could still do with one or two more in key positions.”

Still to record a win so far this season and fresh from defeat against Gala, matches don’t get any easier for the Greens who travel to league leaders Melrose tomorrow.

And Johnstone, who admitted he is already planning for the bottom four relegation dogfight, said his side would have to be at their best if they hoped to take anything from the Greenyards.

He said: “We’re definitely looking at the bottom four, but it’s how we can get ourselves geared up for that because we’re not playing good enough rugby at the moment. There’s signs of it, but there’s no consistency.

“For the teams from Premier Two, they’ve been winning games and we haven’t so they’ll be full of confidence.

“They might not be used to the pace of the game in Prem One because there’s a big difference, but regardless, we need to start winning.

“We’ve got to be at the top of our game against Melrose. If we kick it back to them then Fraser Thomson is going to hit it right back at us.

“We need to be cleverer and stronger than them.”

n Hawick secretary John Thorburn has revealed there has been plenty of interest in the coaching vacancy at Mansfield Park, with applications set to close this weekend.

He said: “We’ve had a lot of interest and we will be sitting down over the weekend to see what way we are going.”

n Hawick Minis Annual Tournament is this Sunday at Mansfield Park with the first game at 10.40am.

There will be over 400 kids from eight Border towns playing from Primary 3 to Primary 7.