Newly-appointed Hawick captain Rory Hutton admitted this week that he didn’t need to be asked twice when offered the skipper’s armband.
Stand-off Hutton, a former Scotland Under-18s and 20s international, takes over as captain from Greg Cottrell and says the Greens will be going all out for a top-four finish this season.
He told the Hawick News this week: “I’m hugely honoured to take this role on and I’m relishing the challenge.
“The appointment did come as a bit of a surprise but [head coach] Nikki [Walker]came to me after training and asked if I would do it and I jumped at the opportunity.
“The aim is to build on the efforts of last season and start targeting the top four places rather than the bottom four and build a winning culture.
“We have a good mix of experience and youth this season and I think after we have ironed out all the issues from last season we will be very difficult to beat.
Hutton, whose vice-captain is forward Bruce McNeil, added: “We were close in a couple of games against top sides in the league last season, coming out on the wrong end of the result a few too many times.
“A couple more wins could have put us in the top four so the aim is to turn those losses around and move up the table.”
Coach Walker hopes the new role will help bring out the best in Hutton.
He said: “We’re trying to build a very professional environment at Hawick Rugby Club and after talking with the coaching team we felt that Rory’s experience would be a good fit in the role.
“Both Rory and Bruce are ex-pros and know what it takes to play at that level and the hopes are that they lead by example and help take the club forward.
Walker continued: “Rory has had some injury troubles over the years but they are now behind him and his focus is on getting back to business and playing at the level we have come to expect from him over the years.”