Vultures circle for Greens skipper but McNeil is focused on Hawick cause

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HAWICK captain Bruce McNeil has admitted interested clubs are already chasing his signature.

But the proud Greens skipper told the Hawick News he is 100 per cent focused on helping the Mansfield Park outfit avoid relegation to Premier Two.

The 26-year-old forward has again been linked with a move to high flying Ayr, while the rumour mill is rife that Gala are also interested in recruiting him.

But speaking after leading his side to an emphatic win over Jed-Forest on Monday, he said: “I always seem to be linked with a move to Ayr and after the game against them earlier in the season they spoke to me and asked what I was doing.

“A couple of other clubs have also been showing a bit of interest but I’m quite happy where I am just now and I’m looking forward to playing my part in helping Hawick stay in Premier 1.”

McNeil has been at the forefront of the Greens revolution under new coach Phil Leck and he admitted the Lancastrian has had a major impact in the short time he has been in charge, culminating in their Boxing Day win.

Hawick have addressed their leaky defence and now McNeil is looking for them to sort out the attacking side of their game.

He said: “A new face always helps and Phil has brought in a lot of new ideas and the boys are all listening. He’s settled in pretty quickly, brought more of a professional look and we all just want the club to go forward now.

“We’ve only conceded two tries in our last three games so from a defensive point of view we’ve got to be pretty happy.

“But it’s at the other end we’ve got to sort things out and we’ve got to keep on attacking teams.”

Players are attending extra gym and fitness sessions on a Monday night on top of their two training shifts, as the focus turns to the first game of the split and the visit of Stewart’s Melville on January 14.

And McNeil is confident they will be ready to hit the ground running in two weeks time.

He added: “The win against Jed has given the club a massive boost, especially not letting them score in what were really difficult conditions.

“And extra sessions have helped us a lot, especially during this winter weather when getting out training on the pitch has been tough.

“It’s all geared towards that first game against Stew Mel and if we can keep this momentum going then it’s something to really look forward to.”

Before the visit of Stew Mel Hawick entertain Haddington at Mansfield Park on January 7.

COPIES of the rugby review, looking into the state of the game in the town, are still available from the Hawick News office. They can be returned to Brian Renwick at Heart of Hawick, Kirkstyle, Hawick, TD9 0AE or online at hawickrfc.co.uk