Euan Ferrie signs first senior contract with Glasgow Warriors

21-year-old back-five forward has impressed in training and during six games he has played so far for the Scotstoun outfit

Euan Ferrie has signed his first senior contract with Glasgow Warriors. Image: Craig Watson
Euan Ferrie has signed his first senior contract with Glasgow Warriors. Image: Craig Watson

GLASGOW WARRIORS have rewarded academy prospect Euan Ferrie for his positive impact in training and during the six appearances he has made for the club so far this season by offering him his first senior contract.

The 21-year-old back-five forward came through the ranks at East Kilbride, Hamilton Bulls, Glasgow Hawks and with the Boroughmuir Bears Super6 team. He has also played for Scotland Under-20s.

“Honestly, signing my first professional deal has just given me such a buzz,” said Ferrie. “I remember coming to Glasgow matches when I was a kid, so to be standing here as a professional means so much to me. It’s been some path to get here and I’m so grateful for the opportunity.

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“It feels really good to know that the coaches trust me to go out there and represent this club, and it means so much to pull on the shirt whenever I get the chance.”

“The senior pros here have really helped me a lot this season, too. Just being able to be around them day in, day out and focus on areas of my game that I need to improve upon really sharpens my game and helps me get better.

“I just want to play as many matches as I can for this club, and get as many minutes under my belt as possible. I want to help this club win, and hopefully get us challenging for silverware.”

Head coach Franco Smith added: “Euan is a talent that has impressed us across this season so far and has earned his first professional contract.

“He’s a young player who is eager and willing to learn in all aspects of his game, and has bought into what we are trying to build here at Scotstoun

“We look forward to continuing to help him develop and grow as a player and as a person over the rest of this season and beyond.”

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  1. The clubs ARE rugby in Scotland and should be sustained and nourished at all costs. There will have been some valuable lessons from s6 but it seems far too controversial to be right. Disband and feed the knowledge and money back into the club scene across the top c20 teams or whatever. Free up the required extra money for all that’s involved by cutting costs elsewhere.

  2. Who is it hindering?? Seriously?? How many times have the u20s won since S6 came in. I’ll help you on that one it’s precisely zero. In the 1872 cup two thirds of the starters came from outwith Scotland….two thirds when we only have two pro sides. Look how many youth fixtures even Scottish Cup/bowl/shield games are unfulfilled due to not being able to get XV out. Anyone who thinks we aren’t falling miles behind Georgia Italy etc is totally deluded and clearly totally out of touch with grass roots rugby.

    • Should the majority of Scotland u20 players not be from Super 6 sides? I thought that was the point of Super 6? (possibly wrong!) I don’t know what the full breakdown is, but the lads I personally know that are in the u20 squad are all Premiership players, some mainly having played 2nd XV. Surely that’s going to be a huge jump for them?

    • It was a serious question as I am now based in Englandshire so don’t get the opportunity to follow much of the grassroots stuff.

      So a competition that has been in place for all of three years (one of which it didn’t run due to the pandemic) should already be supplying large numbers of players to the pro teams and the Scotland U20 team? This seems slightly unrealistic. Would be interesting to see the number of players who have played S6 who have been given contracts with Glasgow, Edinburgh or any other pro team for that matter (and of those how many are Scots Qualified). I would imagine that those who do manage to secure a contract with Warriors/Edinburgh will then take several season to break into the first team at the pro teams, given that both teams are packed with current internationals (both Scotland and other).

      Super 6 was given a 5 year initial contract, I think; if that is the case a review at the end of that period would be the first point to see if it is helping to bridge the gap between Premiership and Pro team. If it had been able to run properly I would have said do the review at the end of the fourth year but the loss of a season hasn’t helped.

      I don’t know anybody who is unaware of the fact that we are falling behind badly and I definitely agree that something needs to be done as our U20s are getting destroyed. I also want to see proper funding and support for grassroots rugby as we desperately need to grow the numbers, but I think that is an as well as not an instead of situation.

  3. Euan Ferrie is an interesting case study. As far as I know he never appeared for Scotland at U16 to U18 level, and his first national recognition came at U19 level.
    Whether he was injured a lot or not, he rarely appeared in a Glasgow age grade side either, and was never in the (junior) regional academy. His first appearance in the Academy was two years ago when he went straight into the Senior Academy. Since he came into the Academy, and was aligned with Boroughmuir Bears, he has absolutely looked the part. His recent run of games for Glasgow has shown him to be highly promising hard tackling blind side in the mould of Jason White. Great prospect, and great encouragement for those who don’t get picked up at the earliest stage of the academy recruitment.

    • I often worry that the current pathways aren’t suitable for the late developers, or those that come to the game late. Are there systems in place to identify those that are playing other sports who might be able to make the grade in rugby? Scott Murray was a basketball international before he became a rugby player, I think. Carlin Isles was a sprinter. Loads of Irish internationals had a background in GAA (mainly Gaelic Football).

      The ubiquity of football in Scotland means that there must be loads of potential rugby players, swimmers, tennis players etc. who never get the opportunity to find out, as it is football or nothing at their school/in their area.

      • From what I’ve gathered, once you’re in the Academy set-up, and they’ve maybe invested in a player for a couple of seasons, that player is very unlikely to be dislodged, even if someone else outside the academy set-up has surpassed them. I can think of a few boys that should be stick-ones for the Academy set-up, but aren’t there. Something not right when non-Academy players are continually picked ahead of established academy players for their club sides.

  4. What?! The SRU development pathways producing a pro player?! Surely not.

    Well done to Euan Ferrie


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