GLASGOW WARRIORS have announced that hooker George Turner has signed a two-year contract extension which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022.
The 27-year-old, who joined the club from Edinburgh Rugby in January 2018 following a successful loan spell, has made nine international appearances and scored five tries for Scotland. He was part of Gregor Townsend’s 2019 World Cup squad.
“I have been at the club for three years now and I’m really enjoying it,” said Turner. “I’m delighted to be extending my stay for another couple of years and I’m fortunate to be part of such a great club.
“The squad, the facilities, and coaches are great, and we play a really enjoyable brand of rugby where you can express yourself and try things. This is a great environment to be a part of and it has really helped my development.
“Over the next few years I am looking to push what I can do as far as possible. The last few years have been cut short for me, with various injuries and this season due to the coronavirus pandemic. I don’t think I have reached my best rugby yet and I can’t wait to get back on the pitch to show what I can do.”
Incoming head coach Danny Wilson said: “Knowing George from my time with Scotland I’ve watched him progress to become an established international hooker. He is a really exciting and dynamic player with an attacking prowess. Equally, in defence he is extremely physical and provides plenty of big collisions.
“I’m thrilled George has committed his future to the club. I enjoyed working with him at Scotland and I look forward to helping, along with the other coaches, to bring the best out in him.”
Turner is the seventh player to be unveiled as re-signing for the club, following Ali Price, Nick Grigg, Pete Horne, Ratu Tagive, Rob Harley, Ryan Wilson and fellow hooker Grant Stewart. Meanwhile, Scotland and British & Irish Lions second row Richie Gray, Argentina international prop Enrique Pieretto and former Scotland Under-20s second-row Hamish Bain have been recruited from Toulouse, Exeter Chiefs and Stade Nicois, respectively.
On the flip side, Jonny Gray, DTH van der Merwe, Rory Hughes, Matt Smith, Ruaridh Jackson, Callum Gibbins, Andrew Davidson and Tim Swinson will all leave the club this summer.