Helensburgh Rugby Club's new coach will make a decision on who will be his 2017-18 captain in the next week or so.

The Grizzlies are back a month early for pre-season training as they gear up for the new campaign and are looking to hit the ground running.

Head coach David Calderwood has been impressed with the commitment of the players so far, as the Ardencaple side look to bounce back after a disastrous season last year which saw them pick up just one win.

He said: “There’s been ongoing discussions [regarding captain for next year], but it’s not been fully decided yet, hopefully in the next week or so.

“We normally start back in July, we’ve been getting good numbers and we’ve changed training up slightly.

"There’s a lot more fitness involved, there’s been lots more circuits and running involved at the moment.

“Hopefully their base fitness will be higher when we head into July which was allow us to work more on the technical side of things.”

The Burgh compete in the Oban tens tournament on August 5, before hosting Clydebank on August 12.

Their first competitive fixture will be away to Cumbernauld in the preliminary round of the BT West Shield.

The winner of the tie will go on to face either Garnock or Oban Lorne in the next round.

After that, it’s onto the league in September, as the club looks to solidify its position in West 1.

Calderwood is confident his side are more than capable of competing at this level.

He added; “I don’t see why we can’t finish in the top half of the league. I know the teams we played against last year and the new teams that have come in.

“I don’t see that as beyond us by any means. There are games last year that I know we should have won, and if we won those games we probably would have finished in the top half. That’s what my aim is."