ALI PRICE has moved from Glasgow Warriors to Edinburgh on a season-long loan and will be in the selection mix for next Friday’s URC clash against the Vodafone Bulls at the Hive Arena.
A statement from Glasgow Warriors explained that this switch east along the M8 has happened “after an approach was made by the Scotland National Team and Edinburgh Rugby”.
“Price felt this was an opportunity that would be beneficial for his own personal development,” the statement added. “The club has agreed, considering this factor, the move being in the national interest, and the timing of the proposal meaning Price can move straight into Edinburgh following his post-Rugby World Cup break and the subsequent return to play protocols he has been managing for a groin injury.”
The 66-times capped scrum-half, who was a Test player for the British & Irish Lions in South Africa in 2021, has fallen behind George Horne and Jamie Dobie in the pecking order at Warriors. Sean Kennedy is also on the books at Scotstoun, while former Scotland Under-20s captain Ben Afshar is on a partnership contract with Stirling Wolves Super Series side but is yet to play for the pro team.
He will now compete for game-time this season against Edinburgh club co-captain Ben Vellacott, Charlie Shiel and Scott Steele, who has not yet played for the club due to a hip injury after his summer move from Harlequins but is expected to be fit again later this month.Academy prospect Hector Patterson made his first appearance in the match-day squad in last weekend’s loss away to Leinster,.
The 30-year-old made 130 appearances for Glasgow Warriors in nearly a decade at Scotstoun. In December 2021, he signed an extension to a contract which was going to run out in the summer of 2022, but it wasn’t revealed at that time how long the new deal was for.
“Glasgow Warriors thanks Ali Price for his service over the past ten years,” said the club statement, which RATHER sounds like he may have played his last game for the club.
“Ali is a Test Lion and brings to the club a wealth of experience at the very top level of international rugby,” said Edinburgh ‘senior’ coach Sean Everitt. “We’re delighted to welcome him to Edinburgh and I’m sure he’ll be eager to get started straight away.
“We’re blessed to have a really strong group of nines at the club, who all have unique strengths and abilities. Scott [Steele] unfortunately continues to work his way back from a hip injury that has kept him side lined since October, which was also a factor in this move.
“Ali is a player with great vision and understanding of the game, and those qualities will only rub off on our scrum-halves.
“His arrival also breeds competition for places, which is only a good thing for us as we compete in both the BKT United Rugby Championship and EPCR Challenge Cup.
“Ali has been one of Glasgow Warriors’ most consistent performers in nearly a decade of rugby at Scotstoun – we appreciate their help in getting this move over the line.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming him to the club where he’ll get the opportunity to compete for a place from the get-go.”
Price added: “I’m looking forward to finding my feet amongst a new group of players and seeing how I can work alongside the Scotland boys I’ve been in camp with before. This is a new challenge that I look forward to seeing where it can lead.”