FORMER Hawick star Scott MacLeod is aiming to shine in the English Premiership next season.
The giant Newcastle Falcons lock was an integral part of the Kingston Park outfit’s promotion-winning side, and he’s relishing the prospect of plying his trade in the top flight.
Talking of his season with the Falcons, who stand to bring in around £2million in off-field revenue, MacLeod said: “It’s been a great campaign. Newcastle are a great club.
“The coaches are first class, and the players a great bunch of boys. It’s just been a brilliant move for me coming to the Falcons.”
Newcastle finished top of the league by an incredible 24 points, but had to be involved in play-off matches with Leeds Carnegie and Bedford Blues to gain promotion. Reflecting on this, MacLeod said: “These were massive games for us. I’ve played in a lot of big games but the tension in these play-off matches was high as there was such a lot at stake.”
The Falcons, however, emerged with flying colours in toppling Bedford by 49 points to 33 on aggregate in the final.
The last game being a 31-24 victory at Kingston Park.
MacLeod, who lifted the supporters’ player of the season, the players’ player of the season and the player of the season awards, said of the latter game: “The atmosphere was electric. There was a big crowd and they really got behind us, which was just great, and we got the result that we all wanted.”
MacLeod added: “I’m looking forward to playing in the Premiership. I’ve played in the Magners League and the Heineken Cup, but never the Premiership.
“It’s going to be a big challenge, but I like a big challenge.”
MacLeod is currently on holiday in Spain with wife Adele and children Braedyn and Hudson. On his return, however, it will be pre-season training. The Falcons are taking flight early.