DUNBAR United fans might be more familiar with Fraser Neave cutting through midfield but for Scotland’s rugby team he is more likely to be cutting their hair.

The footballer has been a regular feature of the club’s midfield each Saturday for the last couple of seasons.

However, throughout the week, he can be found trimming and styling hair in Edinburgh.

Among his clients are several members of the Scotland Six Nations squad, as well as Hearts and Hibs footballers.

He said: “It’s brilliant.

“I have grown up being a massive football fan and I was never a huge rugby fan but a big sports fan.

“Now I’m combining my job and sport as well.”

The 29-year-old began his career with Hibernian but, after failing to land a full-time contract, he went back to school.

East Lothian Courier: Fraser Neave (in blue) is proving popular with those at New Countess Park and BT Murrayfield. Picture: Gordon Maitland

Fraser Neave (in blue) is proving popular with those at New Countess Park and BT Murrayfield. Picture: Gordon Maitland

After ruling out college and university, he decided to try his hand at hairdressing.

He said: “I left school and went into hairdressing, which I did for four years.

“I preferred cutting guys’ hair and made the switch to barbering about eight years ago.”

Throughout that time, he has combined his day job in Edinburgh with playing for a number of football teams, including Selkirk, Gala Fairydean Rovers and East Stirlingshire.

Among his work clients was Scotland rugby star Matt Scott, who has been capped 39 times for his country.

Fraser, who lives in Haddington, told the Courier that he pulled the then Edinburgh Rugby man aside and asked if he could put in a good word with some of his team-mates at Murrayfield.

He said: “Before you know it, I did the hair of five, seven, 10 of the boys.

“I was doing the majority of the team over the last few years.

“That led to boys being called up to the national squad and one of their ideas was the night before a game going into the team hotel and cutting their hair pre-match.

“They are in a six or seven-week bubble and it is something to look forward to.

“The barber coming in and looking after them avoids them going out to get a haircut at the last minute.”

East Lothian Courier: Fraser Neave (centre) at work

Fraser Neave (centre) at work

Fraser, who grew up in Bonnyrigg, has become more familiar with the game since cutting the hair of some of the sport’s stars.

An education in the sport had led to some of the players even inviting him along to watch them in action.

He said: “I enjoy it occasionally.

“I get given tickets and it is good to get to a game and it is something a bit different from football.”

However, none of his current team-mates at New Countess Park have yet popped into Boombarbers for a visit.

Fraser added: “A lot of them live in East Lothian and with me being in the West End it is a bit far!

“We signed a couple of new boys and Kevin Haynes, the manager, made the boys aware in the group chat that they were getting pictures taken.

“I suggested I would bring my clippers down for them!”