YM’s McFarlane targets out-of-town talent

HAWICK YM coach Jammy McFarlane admits the local element of his squad could soon be diluted with out-of-town players as he prepares for the challenge of third-tier rugby next season.

After guiding his team to two consecutive promotions, McFarlane will look further afield for talent to augment his playing squad ahead of their Championship B campaign. “The consequence of going up the leagues means your local pool of players becomes narrower, and you have to go for players from out of town.

“I have to speak to the current players about their commitment for next season, but I’m not averse to going out of town to find players – I want to help my squad.”

Meanwhile, McFarlane will soon hold talks with Matty Douglas and the player’s parents. The Newcastle-bound starlet could have the option of being loaned next season, and McFarlane says the YM and the Greens may head the queue.