GHA kick off their new league campaign on Saturday as they travel to Myreside to face Watsonians.

The Southsiders have made a number of changes during the offseason with a new coaching team in place headed by new Head Coach former GHA stand off Craig Sorbie.

Also there are a number of new players drafted into the squad as they look to improve on their eighth place finish last season.

New Head Coach Craig Sorbie believes the squad have embraced the changes and the gameplan they are trying to implement.

He said: “There has been a few new boys who have joined the squad. We have had a big focus keeping the squad involved in all that is going on. In terms of team morale, they are getting on very well.

“They are excited about the season ahead and the gameplan that we are trying to play.

“With the new coaching set up all of us have played recently or are still playing. We know how the modern day game is played as well. Putting that into practice will benefit us in the long term. “

Despite a tough first season back in the second tier of Scottish rugby winning just 4 of 18 games, Craig Sorbie believes they can challenge for promotion this season.

He said: “Our main goal that we came up with as a squad was promotion.

“We all have the mentality that you don’t start any league with any other goal. That’s the focus, we are playing in a very competitive league and want to go on and win it.

GHA face a tough start to their new BT National 1 campaign against Watsonians.

The Edinburgh side just missed out on a promotion playoff last season finishing third just one point behind Stewart’s Melville.

GHA Head Coach Craig Sorbie is expecting a tough test.

He said: “Watsonians are a well drilled team. They have some great players right throughout their squad. It will be a difficult fixture but it is good to test yourself against teams like that straight away just to see where you are.

“They are playing at home and are going to expect to win the game. We are there to make sure we upset that and play the way we want to play and hopefully walk away with the victory.”

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