McKillop returns to Goldie, Godsmark looking to make his mark

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We are delighted to announce the return of ex-Heriot’s, Scotland U19 & 20, and Scotland Club International coach Robert (Bob) McKillop, along with the addition of current Scotland 7s player Nyle Godsmark.

Nyle joins Jamie Parker and OJ Brown in the Heriot’s Blues coaching team as defence coach and is keen to get started. Nyle had the following to say about joining Heriot’s

“I’m excited to get down to work at the club and with the other coaches. Heriot’s is such a successful club with a great emphasis on both fun and results, it will be a great place to help me develop as a coach. I am really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Bob McKillop returns to the club as head coach for the Heriot’s Blues 2’s after a number of years away and is joined by the mercurial Michael Goldie, who is coaching the back division. Bob noted that he is “thrilled to be back coaching at Heriots after eight years away. I’m really excited to be working with such a talented squad of young players. There are, perhaps unsurprisingly, not many players remaining from when I last coached there, except, of course, the likes of the effervescent, Burt Mustard, but the culture and desire to play the Heriots way are both unchanged.”

Club president Colin ‘Mel’ McCallum is thrilled to see both at the club, adding to a strong coaching arsenal. He observed that both bring great national squad experience to the set-up, with Bob having coached age-grades, and Nyle having played with Scotland 7s, as well as being at Glasgow Warriors. Mel extended a warm welcome to Nyle, having made the lengthy trip up from Raeburn Place, noting that he “looks forward to the contribution both he and Bob are going to make to our continuing success.”

These additions to the coaching squad only serve to enhance the player experience and quality of rugby. Not least, Heriot’s continue to collaborate very well with their friends at Stew-Mel, and the Ferry Road Wanderers are putting out strong numbers from both clubs on a weekly basis, with Chris Rennie being invaluable in allowing the club to do so.