RORY Hutton is the latest player to commit his future to Hawick.
The 25-year-old had been expected to head out of the exit door at Mansfield Park with a clutch of clubs chasing his signature.
Premier One high fliers Ayr, Melrose, Gala and Boroughmuir were all interested in the former Edinburgh Rugby professional.
But he has agreed to stick with the Greens and fight for their return to the higher echelons of Scottish club rugby.
He told the Hawick News: “I decided to stay as I enjoy my rugby playing for Hawick and towards the end of last season there was a proper feel-good factor in the squad.
“I gave the other offers serious thought as I still have aspirations to play at as high a level as possible.
“But at the same time I feel that Hawick should be playing where they belong in Premier One and if we can keep the squad and build then hopefully we can fulfil our potential.”
Hawick have been rocked by the departures of several key players including former skipper Bruce McNeil, stalwarts Michael Robertson and Graham Hogg and promising prospect Rory Sutherland.
But talented scrum half Greg Cottrell was handed the captain’s armband last week and the club have received a fresh injection of talent from near neighbours Hawick YM.
And Hutton’s commitment will give Greens supporters further confidence for what promises to be a tough season ahead. He added: “It’s a shame we’ve lost some of our big players but the boys who have come in are really good players and I’m sure they’ll be wanting to show what they can do.
“Everyone is looking forward to the challenge.”
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