PAUL Hanlon is the new coach of Hawick YM.
The 33-year-old, from Manchester, is a close friend of Hawick chief Phil Leck and admitted this week he is looking forward to taking on the challenge at Mansfield Haugh.
Hanlon, who has coaching experience at youth, junior and county level in England, said: “It’s a good club with a lot of potential and I feel it’s a good career move for me.
“This is my first experience of adult rugby but I bring with me a lot of technical skills.
“I’ve a good working relationship with Phil and I know both clubs are keen to work closer.”
The YM have recruited 18 new players, 15 of which have come from the Wanderers and PSA. Three more have been registered from Gala YM.
However, Bruce Campbell has stepped up to Hawick and Ryan Hogg and Dean McCracken have joined St Boswells, while Garry Douglas has retired.