RORY Hutton is ready to return for Hawick tomorrow against Currie.
The enigmatic stand-off suffered a serious knee injury while playing for Western Australian outfit Palmyra against Nedlands in August.
But the 24-year-old has since made a full recovery and returns to Mansfield Park with a vow to help the Greens in their battle to preserve their Premier One status.
Hutton hit top form as he mixed with some of the very best from the Australian Super 15 series during his spell down under.
And, after coming through Tuesday’s training session unscathed, he admitted he can’t wait to pull on a green jersey again.
He told the Hawick News: “I’m really looking forward to it. I would like to think I could make a difference and help the boys around me.”
Last season’s vice-captain and a former Edinburgh professional, Hutton was at last week’s Melrose match and interim coach Rocky Johnstone believed his presence there was a big boost for the side.
He said: “He’ll make a big difference.
“On Saturday he had his input and had his say and that definitely added something.
“He’ll put every ounce of energy into every game.”
It is understood Hutton will be on the bench tomorrow, although Johnstone admitted injuries may force him on from the start.
He added: “It would be good to put him on in the second half, but if injuries prevail then we might have to throw him on at the beginning.”