Leck’s cash plea to take the Greens to ‘next level’

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GREENS coach Phil Leck has revealed he had 14 calls from players looking to make the move to Mansfield Park when he took over at Hawick.

But in an impassioned plea for extra cash to be injected into the club, he admitted very little could be done without the necessary finances.

In a frank presentation at last Saturday’s ‘meet the coach’ event, Leck revealed a desire to bring in at least four players.However, he stressed that was heavily dependant on funding.

He said: “When I first came to Hawick I had 14 phone calls from players that I’ve coached who have played professional, semi-professional or in the academy in England asking if I would like them to come and play.

“I don’t want to make it an English team, I’d like it to stay a Scottish team.

“The club has got to decide. There are players available. There’s a magical figure that we’d like to raise and four players is do-able in that magical figure.

“That would be four Bruce McNeils. And in that instance, in the right positions, it would then bolster everything we’re doing.”

Hawick got their Premier B assault off to a stuttering start with a draw against Stewart’s-Melville.

And while the Greens are currently fighting for their lives, Leck believes, with the right additions, they can push to be among the best in the country.

“From my point of view, the players are exceptionally good players. How we develop that in the future will depend a lot on that horrible word finance.

“But what we’ve got here isn’t a hundred million miles away from what we want.

“We need help. We need help from somewhere to take us up to the next level, and it’s literally three or four players.

“We’ve got a squad of 24 players so if we get a few injuries, suddenly we’re into lads who are playing a lower level of rugby,” he said.

“We’ve got to make the decision as a club about where we want to be and how we want to get there. And we’ve got to put a plan in place to make sure we do it now and not in four months’ time.

“If we want to keep up, we’ve got to keep up off the pitch as well as on it.”