FORMER Selkirk midfielder Unpha Koroma has made the short move down the A7 to join Hawick Royal Albert.

Following a season disrupted by injury the former Chelsea and Stoke City youth player will turn out this weekend for Craig Tully's team.

But Koroma won't be able to face his old team at Yarrow Park the following weekend due to a loan-before-signing agreement.

Hawick secretary Dougie Purves said: "We met with Unpha and we have agreed terms for the rest of the season.

"We have a loan deal in place until the end of January when we will sign him for the rest of the season."

Hawick collected their first point of the season on the Saturday before Christmas after holding Dalbeattie Star to a 3-3 draw at Albert Park.

Saturday's opponents Vale of Leithen were edged out 4-3 in their festive fixture against Whitehill Welfare and manager Chris Anderson is desperate for a win over Hawick to ease his own team's relegation fears.

Also on Saturday, Gala Fairydean Rovers roll out the red carpet for near neighbours Selkirk.

Steven Noble's team will be looking to avenge the 4-0 defeat they suffered at Yarrow Park earlier in the season.

And they will be boosted by the youthful visitors being without injured defenders Andrew Fleming and Ricky Miller for the clash.

Selkirk manager Ian Fergus will also be missing from the touchline as he is on holiday, and coaches David Bingham and Jimmy Urquhart will be in charge.

Selkirk secretary Sheree Davison said: "We have been trying to find defensive cover but the transfer window is just opening now."

The Fairydean Rovers have also been looking for fresh personnel with the recent departure of Hibs loanees Jamie Gullan and Adam Watson.

With Stuart Noble struggling through injury and Darren Smith suspended, manager Noble is expected to field several fringe players for the derby.

Both Lowland League Borders derbies kick off on Saturday at 3pm.