RUGBY: Co-captain is getting a kick of Highland league title bid as they prepare to face Ayr in top of the table clash in National One
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SCOTT Fraser has climbed up through the leagues with Highland during the last decade and would love to help them reach the summit of Scottish club rugby.
Making his debut for Highland in 2013 when they were in Caledonia North Two, he has played an instrumental part in the last decade of kicking them up five divisions into National One.
Fraser (28) who played his 150th game for Highland last weekend in the 22-18 victory at Gala, says his main ambition left at the club is to help them win promotion to the Premiership.
As they go into their top of the table clash against Ayr on Saturday, the fly half says they are in contention after an encouraging start to the campaign.
He said: “That’s the ultimate goal. We always want to keep improving, but keeping competing with the big names in National One as we are is an achievement in itself.
“We are improving year on year and we will see where we are after this weekend.
“It would be great to take Highland to the Premiership whether that is this season or in the future.
“It is the ultimate goal.”
After coming through the youth set-up, Fraser made his debut as a teenager for Highland in August 2013.
He was among a number of players from that team who are still at the club today.
He says maintaining the same core of players throughout the last decade, as well as introducing players from the youth system has been part of Highland’s resurgence up the league system.
“I started with the club when I was in Primary One alongside Callum Carson,” he said.
“Then I worked my way through juniors and made my senior debut in August 2013 when Davie Carson took over and the club turned things around.
“I have been on the journey from Caledonia North Two to National One, we are lucky that we have kept a core of the team during that time.
"My senior debut was the same day as Callum Carson's and I played with Johnny Milton, Stuart Watson, Kevin Brown and Steven Murray.
“There was a core of the team from 2013 when Davie Carson came in that are still together. The youth system at the club is good and at that time were afforded a chance to play a lot of rugby when the standard wasn’t near as high as it is now.
“We have done well to get where we are now and a lot of the boys are still together, complimented with boys coming through the system since.”
Speaking about Saturday’s game, he said: “We have had close battles with Ayr in the past, but this one has a bite as a top of the table clash.”