McNeil to weigh up his future at Greens

Bruce McNeil’s future at Mansfield Park is in the balance after the Greens captain received offers from clubs looking to recruit him for next season.

McNeil has stressed that he is not actively seeking a move and is happy at Hawick, but he admits the prospect of earning more money than he earns from his farm job could tempt him elsewhere.

Among the clubs linked with McNeil are perennial suitors Ayr, and the player says that a number of teams from the Borders and elsewhere have been in touch to register their interest in him.

“When there’s money involved it puts a different light on things,” he said. “I have to do the right thing for myself and my family, but I have a lot of really good friends at Hawick, and that gets a hold of you. If anything happens, it will certainly be a very difficult decision.”

McNeil went on to say that staying at Hawick would be his “first choice” but that “good money would be hard to turn down”. He will delay responding to offers from other clubs until after he has held negotiations with the Hawick committee.

The towering No.8 has lived in the local area for almost ten years and stressed that long-term ambition and a collective effort by the town’s rugby clubs was key to the Greens’ future success.

“I know exactly what Hawick is and what they can offer,” he said. “There needs to be that ambition rather than just surviving relegation and being a yo-yo team. There needs to be a long-term programme put in place to help us settle. We have the coach and players, but everyone else in the town needs to pull the same way.”

n The Greens will leave for the south-east of Spain next Thursday to conclude their season with an appearance at the 26th Benidorm Sevens. The competition will take place during Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with Hawick set to test their skills against Spanish and international opposition.

n Former Greens star Stuart Hogg has been selected in the Scotland squad for their summer tour to Australasia.

The Scots will play Australia, Fiji and Samoa next month.