Glasgow Warriors confirm Adam Hastings return

Scotland stand-off has signed a two-year deal with Scotstoun club starting this summer

Adam Hastings will rejoin Glasgow Warriors this summer. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Adam Hastings will rejoin Glasgow Warriors this summer. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

ADAM HASTINGS will return to Glasgow Warriors this summer on a two-year deal, three seasons after the 27-times Scotland stand-off left Scotstoun to join Gloucester.

The move comes after a frustrating, injury-ravaged period for the 27-year-old, which ultimately led to him missing out on the opportunity to compete at last year’s World Cup in France. He has managed just 16 games in the last two years, and undergone four operations on shoulder, ankle and knee issues. He is currently out of action with a knee injury sustained in January.

He was a key figure of the Warriors squad between 2017 and 2021, making 53 appearances and scoring 407 points, after being recruited for the club from the Bath academy.


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Glasgow Warriors head coach Franco Smith currently rotates the No 10 jersey between 32-year-old Duncan Weir (who stated last month that he is close to signing a contract extension), Ross Thompson (who has had limited game-time in recent years) and New Zealander Tom Jordan (who qualifies to play for Scotland on residency in November and is regarded as more of a centre).

“I’m hugely excited to be coming back to Glasgow,” said Hastings. “I’ve got so many good memories of my time at Scotstoun from the first time around, and the club played a really important role in shaping me into the player I am today.

“I’ve kept in touch with a few of the boys that were here when I was last with Glasgow, and I’ll catch up with them whenever I’m in Scotland camp and so on. I’ve got a lot of good friends in the squad, so it should be a really smooth transition.

“There’s loads of depth in the back-line, and that’s really exciting for me. The brand of rugby that Franco has the team playing is exactly the kind of rugby I love to play, and I can’t wait to get out there and run about with the boys.

 

 

“I had a good chat with Franco and the coaches before signing, and I was really impressed with their vision for the club, from the culture off the field to the brand of rugby on the field. It’s a really exciting time to be a Glasgow Warrior.

“The more rugby you play, the more experience you get, and being able to have experienced the last three seasons at Gloucester I think has made me a more blended player and more mature player overall. I’d like to thank everyone at Gloucester, and I really want to wish them well.

“I can’t wait to get back to Scotstoun – there’s nothing quite like running out in front of the Warrior Nation on a Friday night, or on a big European night or playoff fixture, and I can’t wait to hear that roar again.”

Smith added: “Adam’s addition to the squad continues to build our strength in depth ahead of next season.

“It’s great to welcome a former Warrior back into our environment, and his experience from other rugby environments will make him a real asset going forward.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how he can add value to our group as we develop as a squad.”

 

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    • I agree. You may not agree with what I say but I like to think there is some credence behind my comments 😀

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  1. Mr Angry Gala 2, good morning to you 🙂
    May I ask that you be respectful in your replies.
    It’s not acceptable when an opinion (MDS) voiced on this forum that does not agree with yours is responded with ‘Shut up – you idiot’.
    This is not TikTok, Instagram or Facebook but a considered rugby forum where different views are respected.

    Please be respectful, thank you 🙂

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    • Why should i be respectful to some random commenter who is bashing a respected international player who has put his body on the line for our country and won us big games exactly?

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      • Except that of course no one is “is bashing a respected international player” so your hypocrisy is there for all to see.

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      • Joe Smith – explain to me how calling him a ‘failed internationalist’ is not bashing the guy – Hastings is very much still in the mix for international duty, and has certainly not been a failure in his previous 27 appearances representing our country.

        I guarantee you he would not utter those words around Hastings. So why do it online? Its extremely disrespectful.

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      • Again Joe Smith you fail to answer the question.

        How is calling a guy who puts his body on the line for our country and won us many games ‘another failed internationalist’ not disrespectful?

        Why is it so difficult for you to answer this? Take your personal opinions of me out of the equation and you know what he said is extremely harsh and unfair.

    • Though I wouldn’t say what Angry Gala said I understand his feelings. Before social media if you gave your opinion it was generally an informed one, you may not have agreed but that’s a different matter. Now everyone feels they can have an opinion even when it lacks any knowledge or substance. 😊🐻

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      • I’m afraid it is quite ridiculous to suggest that before social media all opinions were generally informed as anyone who ever visited a clubhouse after a game would know.

        And who is to say whether an opinion has any knowledge or substance? And who is to say whether that opinion has any knowledge of substance?

        Everyone should have a right to post an opinion as long as it is respectful without others taking an unearned superior attitude.

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  2. Another failed Internationalist coming home to the system, whats his contract worth ? . The two pro teams that we have are crammed full of players getting an easy buck when they should be developing talent, if you are in business you don’t buy a machine that continuously breaks down. Harsh but true.

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    • Funny – you have not had the same comments about Rory Sutherland, Richie Gray, Jack Dempsey, Duhan Van Der Merwe to name a few of top of my head.

      All have had multiple lengthy lay-offs throughout their careers. And (mostly) under the SRU care have revitalised their careers.

      Should we get rid of a bunch of the youngsters who have had multiple runs of bad luck early into their careers? Lets bin Harry Paterson for example?

      Shut up – you idiot.

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      • So I am an idiot, have you read the SRU balance sheet , the cost of our two pro teams rises every year at an alarming rate, has this expenditure won anything since a certain coach left Glasgow?.
        Our grass roots rugby player base shrinks at an alarming rate, strong trees have good roots,good buildings have strong foundations this is the part the SRU need to get right
        I might be an idiot but I would rather more money was invested in a proper structure starting with a better coaching set up through all age groups than be put into a seemingly endless urge to buy players.

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  3. This is good news it rounds out the back line, RT hasn’t sadly reached his potential and maybe Hastings will help him develop his game. TJ as many have said is a talented centre. Hastings is good news for the club, however like others I’m worried about his tendancy to injury, he’s still not playing for the Cherries so not yet fully fit. Wish him all the best and many many games in the Glasgow 10 shirt he is another SQ quality player.

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  4. Was never overly impressed with him previously as he always appeared to have one eye on the other end of the M8. However DW is on a wind down, RT who knows not listed as injured so can only assume not up to it and a centre playing 10. Looks as if out hand has been forced and says it all about player development.

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  5. Was never overly impressed with him previously as he always appeared to have one eye on the other end of the M8. However DW is on a wind down, RT who knows not listed as injured so can only assume not up to it and a centre playing 10. Looks as if out hand has been forced and says it all about player development.

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  6. Was never overly impressed with him previously as he always appeared to have one eye on the other end of the M8. However DW is on a wind down, RT who knows not listed as injured so can only assume not up to it and a centre playing 10. Looks as if out hand has been forced and says it all about player development.

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  7. Well the rumour mill proves to be right again. I will go with Franco this is the right thing to do. The proof of the pudding will be next year , can Hastings stay fit, is he a better player than when he left, will he move us forward. As others say where does that leave Thompson , Weir and Jordan who knows. Not sure where we are with Thompson anymore, I’m not a fan to be honest, he seems to never have reached his potential and I’m not sure Glasgow have used him well.

  8. The longest trail since the lonesome pine has been confirmed. There have been some negative vibes towards Hastings and I don’t know why because he is by a street better than Glasgow’s current options at ten. The absence of a top-class stand-off pulling the strings has been the obvious hole in an otherwise hugely talented team. Jordan is a big abrasive lad, but his future surely lies at centre. Weir does not get the team on the front foot and at age 32 isn’t going to get any better. Modest I would say. My main worry with Hastings Junior is that he stays injury-free and builds up his game time. He should also provide an excellent challenge to Ross Thompson, so promising before his long injury lay-off and now needing to find his edge again. Ironically Jamie Dobie may also benefit, because despite being an excellent player Horne is not as sharp at scrum half as the younger man. Usually without a goal-kicking ten, the Warriors have relied on Wee George too heavily and that burden will now be spread. Good all-round business I would reckon. Hope the lad Simpson gets a run-out, because the Warriors now have four in that position and he should not be forgotten about.

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  9. Can’t wait for Hastings to return and shut you lot up after an excellent first season back.

    International Quality – will be well managed and looked after at Glasgow – will be able to show his qualities in a far superior team to Gloucester.

    For me, this guy is 2nd in the pecking order, only behind Russell for Scotland. Still reasonably young for a FH so yet to hit peak i suspect, could get anywhere between a good 5-10 years if lucky out of him.

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  10. Glasgow desperately need a kicking stand off that can control a game through field position – Hastings can provide that, TJ cannot despite all his strengths (clearly a centre filling in at ten) and Weir well past his best. My only concern is what has happened to Ross Thompson – looked so promising a couple of seasons ago?

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  11. We need some spark in attack so l suppose welcome back. He’s got a lot to prove since l can’t see him being Francos choice, he left warriors a vain bigheaded poor mans Finn Russell and despite the injuries he didn’t exactly set the world on fire at the Cherries. Lets hope we’re getting a more experienced and humble version of the guy who left.

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  12. Feel kinda numb about this rather than being excited at the prospect of a class 10 joining the club.

    It’s a central SRU decision, to get a SQ player back under their control to look after him – which I get, especially with his injury record. But on that same basis, I’m far from convinced that Hastings is the right answer for Glasgow as he may continue to have limited availability and no doubt his wage bill restricts another decent 10 or other player for that matter.

    Let’s hope he gets and stays fit, and Franco works his man-management magic on him….

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  13. Have said before that I’m not sure this is a good move, but good luck to the lad, it certainly hasn’t gone well over the last few years but he’s young enough that he could come good. Glasgow do have a rep for getting the best out of people.

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  14. Not hugely impressed with this. Think it’s a backward step and will block Thompson and Jordan’s development. Hastings also comes with some baggage in his recent injuries and his ego- we will wait and see. On his day, quality player but how many of those days will we get ?

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    • Ross Thompson is 25, he’s not a young player anymore and only two years younger than Hastings.

      I don’t know what has happened to him, but he either earns his position in the squad or he needs to leave, no waiting around for development opportunities with the promise of jam tomorrow (Richie Simpson really needs to be getting those gigs now). FWIW I thought he was very good and I’m a bit mystified why he seems to have disappeared.

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      • Someone early said this will help his development. If S6 has taught us anything (just look at u20 results since it came about) it’s that young Scottish players don’t learn by sitting in the stands. They need game time. This does Thompson and Simpson no good. 90 seconds of rugby every 3 months will ruin them as it has countless young Scots before them. It also makes no sense financially. Much as Hastings is a country mile ahead of Healy it was probably better for him to stay in England and get an elongated run there and keep challenging himself. Look at the decline in Price who knows he will play no matter how poorly he performs.

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