THE man who has helped Melrose remain at the top of Scottish rugby for two decades will step down at the end of the season.

Former Greenyards president Mike Dalgetty will bow out from his Director of Rugby post at the end of the season.

During his time at the helm, Melrose have claimed four Premiership titles, three Scottish Cup wins and countless Sevens accolades.

And more recently, working closely with the SRU, Mike has been hugely influential in bringing the new Super6 franchise to the Greenyards, as well as the launch of the Southern Knights.

Mike told us: “Being the director of rugby at Melrose over the past couple of decades has been an honour.

"We are so fortunate to have an abundance of rugby talent, strong leadership, determination and passion in the Scottish Borders.

"It’s been such a joy for me to have been involved and to share in the many successes we’ve been fortunate enough to have had over the years.

"The launch of the Southern Knights has really excited me, and I look forward to continuing my involvement with them as the semi-pro tournament builds credibility, support, and provides great progression opportunities for players.

"Now is the right time for me to step aside and allow others to enjoy the privilege of directing rugby at this wonderful club.”

Stepping into Mr Dalgetty's shoes from the end of this season will be Rob Moffat and Colin Meager.

Rob is one of the most respected and successful professional coaches in Scotland.

And Colin is re-joining Melrose after a successful spell at Wasps.

Although stepping down from his director position, Mike will continue to work in a support role for Southern Knights head coach Rob Chrystie.

Melrose Rugby president Douglas Brown paid tribute to the tireless work from the outgoing director of rugby.

He said: “We thank Mike for his remarkable support over the years, both on and off the field at the Greenyards.

"His time at the club has been one of the most successful periods of the club’s history.

"We wish Mike all the best in his new role with the Southern Knights and hope that he enjoys more time with his wife and family.”