Hunger to lift Greens the key to Leck deal

Hawick RFC coach Phil Leck
Hawick RFC coach Phil Leck

GREENS coach Phil Leck has signed a two-year deal to remain at Mansfield Park after declaring himself satisfied that the club matches his ambitions.

Leck said the club needs to operate “as a business” in order to compete at the highest level possible, and now he is confident that can happen under the current committee he has agreed to extend his stay at the club, which began in November last year.

“I wanted them to be able to understand what they need to do to get to where they want to be,” said Leck. “It was more me getting their expectations to meet mine. We have to make the club a business and compete at the highest level by being a business and not just an amateur club. We have to be realistic, in Premier 1 it’s a semi-pro game. Already people in Premier 2 are offering cash to players – everybody’s doing it and we’re not.”

Since taking over a struggling team, the Lancastrian trainer has gained some impressive results on the pitch in spite of the club’s relegation. Now, he has found a house near Hawick for himself and his partner, putting an end to the long journeys north from Burnley for training and matches.

“The results have indicated progress,” said Leck. “I gave the board a five-year plan and six months in it has gone better than expected. Now, I will work hard to retain the players I’ve got and try to get new players in.”

As the Greens make plans to produce a second blueprint for the future of rugby in the town after dismissing a paper produced by former club captain Brian Renwick, Leck distanced himself from a future director of rugby role to oversee the development of the sport locally.

Instead, he intends to concentrate on developing the local young rugby talent of the town and produce Greens stars of the future.

Leck will continue to run his own coaching company and business management consultancy firm and will seek to supplement his coach’s wage.