It may have been common knowledge around the Borders’ rugby grounds, but Melrose have now officially confirmed that talented prop Ewan McQuillin has joined them from Gala.
The 22-year-old came through the ranks at Netherdale and made his debut for the first XV when he was just 17.
Some impressive performances since then have led to McQuillin being signed to Edinburgh on an elite development player (EDP) contract, but Melrose coach John Dalziel is looking forward to having the use of the versatile front-row man when he is released from pro d ties.
He said: “Ewan wants to be a full-time professional and everyone hopes that he can force his way into the Edinburgh squad. However, if and when he is available to play for us I am sure he will bring a lot to our camp.”
McQuillin is just one of several top signings made by the club champions, who kick-off their competitive season on Saturday with a Booker Border League match against Selkirk at Philiphaugh (3pm).
Tomorrow night (Friday) Peebles host the current holders of the Border League trophy, Gala.
This match will kick off at 7.30pm.