McNeil agrees to make a Mansfield Park return

Bruce McNeil was voted Borders player of the year during his last spell at Mansfield
Bruce McNeil was voted Borders player of the year during his last spell at Mansfield

FORMER Hawick captain Bruce McNeil is returning to Mansfield Park.

The 27-year-old joined Biggar at the start of last season but has agreed to rejoin the Premier One newcomers in what will be his third spell in the green jersey.

He told the Hawick News: “I was travelling up and down the road and I’ve got a two-year-old daughter and I was away from 5.30pm and not getting back until 10.30pm.

“I still enjoyed it but I think I’ll be a lot happier at Hawick. I’ve still got good friends here and it seems to be a club on the up.”

Head coach Phil Leck confirmed the signing and warned the former Edinburgh professional he will have to battle for his place. He said: “He can cover a lot of positions so that’s a bonus, but looking at the side from last year he’ll have to fight for his place in the team.”

Leck also confirmed that all the members of last year’s squad have re-signed. And Wullie Blacklock, who featured for the YM last year, is also on board as well as young flier James Parker, from Gala.

Lee Armstrong is another set to return at the end of next month, while Leck revealed he is hoping to bring in another prop from England. Hawick open their account in Prem One with a home game against Aberdeen, followed by an away match at Glasgow Hawks.

The full list of fixtures is as follows:

17/08/13 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Ballymena, friendly

24/08/13 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Aberdeen Grammar, Premier League

31/08/13 . New Anniesland, Glasgow Hawks v Hawick, Premier League

07/09/13 . Raeburn Place, Edinburgh Accies v Hawick, Premier League

14/09/13 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Melrose, Premier League

21/09/13 . Netherdale, Gala v Hawick, Premier League

28/09/13 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Stirling County, Premier League

05/10/13 . Millbrae, Ayr v Hawick, Premier League

12/10/13 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Currie, Premier League

19/10/13 . Goldeacre, Heriot’s v Hawick, Premier League

26/10/13 . Rubislaw, Aberdeen Grammar v Hawick, Premier League

02/11/13 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Glasgow Hawks, Premier League

09/11/13 . The Greenyards, Melrose v Hawick, RBS Cup

16/11/13 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Edinburgh Accies, Premier League

23/11/13 . Riverside Park, Jedforest v Hawick, RBS Cup

30/11/13 . The Greenyards, Melrose v Hawick, Premier League

07/12/13 . Mansfield Haugh, Hawick YM v Hawick, RBS Cup

14/12/13 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Kelso, RBS Cup

21/12/13 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Gala, Premier League

28/12/13 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Jedforest, Border League

04/01/14 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Peebles, RBS Cup

11/01/14 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Selkirk, RBS Cup

18/01/14 . Poynder Park, Kelso v Hawick, Border League

25/01/14 . Bridgehaugh, Stirling County v Hawick, Premier League

01/02/14 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Ayr, Premier League

08/02/14 . Stand-by

15/02/14 . RBS Cup quarter-finals

22/02/14 . Netherdale, Gal v Hawick, Border League

01/03/14 . Malleny Park, Currie v Hawick, Premier League

08/03/14 . Stand-by

15/03/14 . Stand-by

22/03/14 . Mansfield Park, Hawick v Heriot’s, Premier League

29/03/14 . RBS Cup semi-finals