Hawick RFC have formally announced that former international winger Nikki Walker will take on the mantle of player/coach for the coming season.
And the 32-year-old can’t wait to get started.
“It’s a great relief that everything has been tied up and I can now look forward to getting started with the boys,” he told us.
Rumours have been circulating for well over a month but tongues were rested last night as Walkers appointment was announced at the club’s AGM.
Walker, who is still contracted to Edinburgh Rugby, will take over the reins from Phil Leck and will also continue playing for the Greens after turning out several times last season.
“I am really grateful to Edinburgh for allowing me to do this,” added Walker.
A number of former Hawick players are likely to return to the club to work with Nikki including Michael Robertson, Gary Lowrie and Matty Douglas while Walker is still working on putting together a three/four man coaching team.
“There is no reason why these Hawick players should not play for Hawick and hopefully I can attract a few more former Greens back,” he stated.
Born in Aberdeen and raised in the Borders, the former Hawick High School pupil represented Scotland at every age-grade, and helped Hawick complete a domestic double, before joining the Border Reivers in 2002.
Also at last night’s meeting Ross Cameron took over as President from Rory Bannerman, John Thorburn was named as Vice-President and Isobel Cunningham was made a Life Member of the club.