Ben Afshar signs full-time contract with Glasgow Warriors

20-year-old scrum-half commits to a two-year deal, graduating from a partnership deal with Stirling Wolves

Ben Afshar has signed a full-time contract with Glasgow Warriors. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Ben Afshar has signed a full-time contract with Glasgow Warriors. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

BEN AFSHAR has signed his first full-time two-year contract with Glasgow Warriors, following in the footsteps of Gregor Hiddleston in progressing from a partnership deal with Super Series Championship holders Stirling Wolves.

The 20-year-old scrum-half has made eight appearances (one start) for Franco Smith‘s side since his debut off the bench against Ulster in November. A former Scotland under-20s co-captain, Afshar came through Merchsiton Castle School and cut his teeth in senior rugby playing for Edinburgh Accies in the Premiership.

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“I’m over the moon to be honest,” said Afshar. “It’s been a bit of a crazy year – to get so much game time and experience playing for Glasgow Warriors is beyond what I’d dreamed of this year, and I’m so excited to be here for the foreseeable future.

“The environment here is top-class; I love coming in to train here, it’s such a good group of boys and the coaching group is so good at identifying areas where I can improve and feeding back to me.

“Making my debut was an unforgettable experience for me and scoring my first try against the Dragons was unbelievable – I definitely got a bit excited when I saw TJ make the break and heard the crowd roar!

“I just want to keep working hard and developing, and hopefully experiencing many more matchdays for this club.”

 

 

Head coach Smith added: “Ben has applied himself well throughout this season so far, and has taken his opportunities with both hands when they have presented themselves.

“He is a young man who is keen to learn and become the best version of himself on and off the field, continually looking to work with his peers and coaches around how to improve his game.

“We are excited by his potential and look forward to continuing to see him develop at Scotstoun.”


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8 Comments

  1. Well done, Ben, for following six players, I know of, from Super Rugby into the professional game.

  2. Congratulations to Ben as he fully warrants this pro contract. My only surprise is it’s taken this long for it to be awarded as he’s been a standout performer amongst the young lads coming through. His speed of delivery & sharpness around the scrums & rucks make him extremely dangerous & keeps defences tight to counter his threat, which then provides more space & time for his teammates to exploit. I have no doubt he’ll soon be playing for the senior Scotland side.

  3. Brilliant x Really enjoyed watching Ben develop and at a very fast pace!

    Look forward to all the years ahead x

  4. Brilliant news, well done young Ben. Def a potential Scottish 9 of the future the way he’s going

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