ALI PRICE has agreed a two-year contract extension with Glasgow Warriors which will keep the scrum-half with the club until at least the summer of 2022.
He is the second internationalist to commit to the Scotstoun outfit in the last week, following on from news that second-row Richie Gray’s has decided to return where he started out on his professional career ahead of next season.He is the seventh player so far to commit to new contract to play under incoming head coach Danny Wilson next season.
Price made his Warriors debut against the Scarlets in 2014, before signing his first professional deal with the Warriors in 2015. He has now made 85 appearances for the club and has scored 17 tries, most recently in December’s victory over Edinburgh at Scotstoun. The 26-year-old was man-of-the-match in last Saturday’s Champions cup victory over Sale Sharks.
He won his first cap for Scotland in the 43-16 win over Georgia at Kilmarnock’s Rugby Park Stadium in November 2016 and has gone on to win 28 caps for his country, scoring four tries to date. He was named last week in Gregor Townsend’s Scotland squad for the upcoming Six Nations, and will battle principally with club-mate George Horne for the starting No9 jersey.
“I’m very happy to be staying. This club has given me a lot – I’ve been here for six seasons and I call the club and city home,” said Price.
“You see how proud I feel about this club on the field – the excitement and buzz you get from the supporters is brilliant, and I’ve been very fortunate to be in this environment for a while now. It’s something I think is very hard to find. You get boys coming into the club that say how great an environment it is, and how much everyone gets on and works with each other. That for me makes it easy to commit for another couple of years, when those foundations at the club are so firm. It’s a special club.
“I met Danny (Wilson) when he started out with Scotland – I’ve spoken to him quite a bit over the last couple of months and I get on with him really well. I want to work on my leadership now I’ve got a number of games behind me, so I’ve spoken to Danny about that and the vision for the club moving forward.”
Wilson also welcomed the news. “We’re absolutely thrilled that Ali has committed his future to the club,” he said. “He’s an outstanding man and player and I’ve enjoyed working with him in the Scotland environment.
“We believe he can continue to develop at Glasgow and this is a further statement of intent as we continue to build our squad for next season and beyond.”