RUGBY: Chance catch-up at Black Isle Show led to player returning to Highland
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CALLUM Boyd says a chance catch-up with Highland players at a showdance led to him signing for the Inverness club this season.
The Fort William joiner was convinced to join up with Highland after bumping into fly half Scott Fraser at the Black Isle Show.
Now the 26-year-old is part of the Highland team which is challenging for promotion from National One.
The centre was previously part of the Highland youth set-up before then going on to play for Lochaber closer to home.
But he said he was convinced to join up with the Inverness club after a chance meeting at Muir of Ord.
“I came back to senior level last year,” said Boyd.
"I was playing for Lochaber and I used to play for Highland at under-16 and under-18 level.
“I came through with Hugo Crush and Seumas Ross and I was always planning to go back, but I was planning to move to Australia last year for the winter.
“Then I met Scott Fraser at Black Isle Show dance and he convinced me to come along.
“Then I met Seumas and he said come along and give it a bash.
“I’ve managed to get into the first team and enjoying training with the boys and everyone is fighting for places.
"It is good that it is very competitive and it is a good learning curve and that is the best experience that I wanted."
Boyd scored in Highland’s 38-12 victory over Dundee as they remain in second place, six points behind league leaders Ayr.
On Saturday, Highland travel to Edinburgh to take on Watsonians, a team who they defeated 41-0 in Inverness earlier this season.
Boyd says with Watsonians having home advantage, he is expecting a tougher prospect this weekend.
“You never know with these teams, it could be a tougher game than when we played them home and they could prove to be a tougher team.”