NEW Hawick coach Phil Leck has offered an olive branch to the town’s players in a bid to boost numbers at Mansfield Park.
The former Sale Academy supremo has already met with other coaches in the rugby fraternity as he plots Hawick’s survival in Premier One.
And he has appealed to past players to put their differences from previous regimes to one side and rejoin the ranks of the Green Machine. He said: “We need a pool of players who are fighting for positions and we need people who have maybe been upset with previous coaches to come and work with us.
“All I can offer them is honesty and hard work as we try to put it right. I’m a big believer in you leave your troubles at the door and you just start again.
“I’ve had one or two meetings with other people and if I can enthuse some players to come back, then it’s a good start ahead of January.”
Leck has also expressed his frustration after the Greens failed to find an opponent to play in a friendly match at the weekend.
With teams in Premier One enjoying a free week, it is understood Hawick contacted a number of clubs, including Jed-Forest and Peebles, about a possible fixture at Mansfield Park, but nobody took up the offer.
Leck said: “We’ve got a programme on a very short timescale. I need to see games and the boys need to be playing games.”