Clydebank RFC’s captain Alasdair Smart believes this season is one of their best chances to gain promotion.

After the leagues were restructured, no teams were relegated from BT West Division Two, with several teams joining from the league below Clydebank.

And after third and fourth place finishes the last two seasons, the blindside flanker says it’s an opportunity they should grasp with both hands.

He said: “We know with nobody coming down from the league above last year we’re hoping to get promotion. We want to realise our goal of getting up into West Division One.

“We’ve played the teams that have come down from there in the last few years and we’ve managed to put in some good performances, hopefully we can make that step up and play at a higher level.

“It’s such a competitive league that we don’t want to take anything for granted. We want to focus on our performances and hopefully the results will take care of themselves.

But before the league starts on September 2, the Bank head over the Erskine Bridge to face local rivals Loch Lomond in the BT West Regional Shield.

The two sides haven’t met for several seasons, but the Loch are now in the same division after the league restructuring this year. And the backrower says it’s a good chance to see what they’re made of.

He added: “It’s a new challenge, it’s something different after the league got restructured. It’s an unfamiliar challenge so it’s good to see what they’ve got.”