HAWICK star Rory Hutton is preparing to take his talents to the Southern Hemisphere.
The 21-year-old stand off will jet off to Australia on Tuesday where he will join Palmyra Rugby Club – one of the premier clubs in Western Australia, fielding teams from Under six through to Premier Grade.
And he will boost the Greens contingent in the Australian city, with both Keith Davies and Ross Borthwick already there.
He told the Hawick News: “I’ve always wanted to go to either Australia or New Zealand to play rugby and after I was paid off from work I bit the bullet and booked up for it.
“I’m heading to Perth to play for Palmyra. Davies (Keith) and Bosh (Borthwick) are there too so it should be good.” The Greens vice-captain was a mainstay in the side as Hawick consolidated their position in Premier One this season.
However, he is unsure when he’ll be returning to these shores, let alone Mansfield Park.
He said: “I’ve got a year’s visa and I’ll just have to wait and see how things pan out. I’ll play their rugby season and work and do a bit of travelling, so I’m unsure if I’ll be back next season. If I am then it won’t be for the start of the season, but nearer the winter although it just depends on how things are going over there.”
There had been speculation recently that the former Edinburgh professional would be recruited back to the Murrayfield ranks due to a shortage of cover at stand off.
But while he isn’t giving up on his professional aspirations, Hutton admitted he is currently focused on his Aussie adventure.
He added: “I’d always like to turn professional and who knows what could happen out there, but I’m just going for the experience and to enjoy myself.
“I had a taste of Australia with the Scotland 7s and I fancy staying a bit longer.
“It goes without saying though that I wish Hawick all the best.”