Cass is back in action!


GHA, nine points off the top of Premier three, will receive a welcome boost when their captain returns to action in the New Year.

Niall Cassie, who contributed 13 tries to GHA’s cause last season, has been out for more than six months after undergoing surgery for a micro-fracture in his right knee.

Now, the former St Aloysius’ pupil looks set to fight his way back into the starting line-up and play alongside ex-Glasgow Warriors’ backs Hefin O’Hare and Andrew Henderson.

Niall told ExtraSport: “It’s been extremely exciting to watch them and I can’t wait to be on the same pitch as them.

“I will be back training at the start of January and all being well, I will be fit and ready to play within a few weeks”.

However, the powerful runner admitted for the first time that he may not be returning to his favoured position of outside centre.

“I am unsure of what number I’ll be wearing on my back when I take to the field again.

“Obviously our backs have been our strength and the forwards have needed a little more help at times, so there is a potential for me to play in the back row.

“That is if I can win my place back, because some of the boys have really stepped up this season”.

GHA , who have been out of league action since a 31-17 loss to Lasswade on December 3, will return to Braidholm on January 14 to host Greenock.

Meanwhile, Whitecraigs, after defeating Greenock in the cup just weeks ago, will begin their Premier C campaign against Hamilton on January 7, after more than two months on the league sidelines.

Coach Jim Henderson, who replaced John Shaw last month says his team are not taking it easy during the Christmas break and called for an annual fixture between Whitecraigs and GHA during the festive season.

He said: “We are training as normal as we have two huge games to start off Premier C.

“We know Hamilton very well from last season but the big challenge is Selkirk (January 14).

“They have a huge advantage as they have been playing competitive and meaningful rugby throughout winter because of the Borders’ cup.

“We need something similar in Glasgow otherwise teams find themselves at a loose end for two months. There is no doubt we will be rusty when we return to action.

“If GHA and Whitecraigs met around Christmas, it would be more like war than a friendly so it would be the perfect preparation for the second half of the season.

“However, the spirit in the squad is good, the boys have a siege mentality and they are determined to stay up and ensure Premier two rugby remains in the southside”.