THERE may be challenges ahead, but Selkirk RFC are ready to face them head-on.
This was the opinion of President Eric Forster as he heads into his second term in office, a view shared unanimously by the rest of the club.
Forster chaired the club’s annual meeting last Thursday night, when he paid tribute to the coaches and players of last season, and spoke of his hope that the club would continue to hold its own in the new reconstructed season ahead.
He told The Wee Paper: “No doubt it will be a big challenge, but we are used to that. We will be up against teams that seem to have a lot of money to spend, but we will be sticking to our policy of encouraging the youngsters in the town to come up through the system.
“I have every faith in the players and coaches and believe we can consolidate our position within Scottish club rugby’s top 20 again next season.”
Forster did admit that despite having certain strengths among the club’s homegrown talent, the team was lacking in certain key areas and backed plans to bring a new Romanian prop to play at Philiphaugh.
Rugby director Dennis Henderson said: “It is necessary these days to strengthen the playing side and although we have a great deal of talent in our squad we have always struggled with size in the front row.”
George Thomson presented the financial report and subscriptions for the season ahead remain unchanged.
Mr Forster was re-appointed as president with John Rutherford as vice-president, Ian Walker as secretary, Mr Thomson as finance secretary, Mr Henderson as rugby board convener, with Bill Jackson continuing temporarily as membership secretary and Gus Boag standing down as shop convener.
The latter two posts remained unfilled at present.
Mick Craig and Elliot Henderson joined the general committee as hospitality conveners.