New Edinburgh Accies coach Phil Leck has set a target of winning the BT Premiership on his watch.
The former Hawick mentor, who has moved to the Capital outfit as replacement for Jonny Else, has set out his stall straightaway, insisting of Accies: “I can see them at the top of the tree. I believe there is no point doing anything unless you want to be at the top.
“There was a drop in performance due to a number of factors last year, but I know we can pick it back up again.
“I’m excited the club has a performance plan and infrastructure plan for up to 2021.
“They have an aspirational pathway to develop the young players in the area. The aim is to produce great homegrown players with a winning mentality for a long time to come.”
Leck, whose son, Chris, turned out at scrum-half for Edinburgh until last season, also told the “Informed Edinburgh” website that a coaching panel is now in place including Roddy Grant, the Scotland A flanker and Commonwealth Games sevens rep.
“I’m working with Roddy Grant with the first team and also with Andy Easson and Duncan McLeod, who are looking after the second team and Neil McFarlane with the development team,” he said. “We have an excellent conditioning team of Phil Maguire and Neil Shanks and physio Catriona Hewitt putting the lads back together.
“Nutritionist Tess Capper, team manager Graham Bonner and director of rugby Bob Easson make up the rest of an exceptionally experienced group.”
As for the players, he says: “I expect full commitment to the team and improvement physically and skill-wise. Even if they each improve by one per cent, the team will benefit massively.
“If we develop a successful young group of players at Edinburgh Accies we can help to take Scottish rugby to the next level. We’ve got to create a stepping stone to the next level and create fitter, faster, better skilled players. The club has a history of doing this and we want to get even better at it.
“I get the biggest satisfaction from creating professional players from academy and club players (and) have had a reasonable success rate. The buzz from seeing their success is the real highlight for me.”