Boroughmuir determined to keep their young stars
April 22, 2000
Triumphant Boroughmuir chiefs last night issued a hands-off plea to Scotland's professional teams as they celebrated their BT Cellnet Cup success against Glasgow Hawks.
Backs coach Sean Lineen declared, "Winning a tournament like this and in such a manner could work against us because we could end up losing three or four guys to the super districts.
"On one hand, we are delighted to see our players progress in the game but on the other, we obviously want to keep them for as long as possible."
Former Scotland star Lineen added, "Personally, I would hope that we can keep this squad together for at least another year.
"I am sure that the up-and-coming youngsters would benefit greatly from a season in the top grade of the Premiership."
Lineen was backed up by head coach Iain Paxton, who insisted it was too early to talk about Premiership Two champions Muir as potential league title challengers next term.
He said, "That is a long way in the future. We have achieved something special and we want to enjoy that before thinking about next season.
"We earned promotion in a fairly easy manner and I would like to see the players measured week after week in the higher league."
Deflated Glasgow Hawks coach Bill MacDonald admitted, "Boroughmuir thoroughly deserved their success.
"I can't put my finger on the reasons, but we were just not up for the challenge when it mattered.
"We have now finished second in the Premiership and second in the Cup, which is hard for the lads to take.
"Having said that, I would rather be competing like that than not at all."
Forwards coach Shade Munro claimed the Hawks cause was not aided by three of their players being sin-binned.
But he stressed, "It certainly hampered us but we are not using it as an excuse for losing."
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