Glasgow sign Murray McCallum on short-term deal

Murray McCallum made his Scotland debut in difficult circumstances against Wales on Saturday
Murray McCallum during his Scotland debut against Wales in 2018. Image: © Craig Watson -

JUST weeks after being released by Edinburgh, Murray McCallum has agreed a short-term deal with Glasgow. The 25-year-old prop, who can play on either side of the front row but is seen by his new team as primarily a tighthead, will be part of Danny Wilson’s squad for the first few months of next season. 

“I’m delighted at the new challenge here at the Warriors,” McCallum said on the Warriors website.  “It’s exciting to get the chance to experience a new culture and experience a new way of playing.

“Glasgow play an exciting brand of rugby and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the club, getting to know the boys, the coaches and fighting for a jersey amongst some very experienced players.

“In my time here I’m looking to continue to develop as a player and I’m eager to get some games under my belt and get back playing on the big stage – I’ve seen Scotstoun packed out and I can’t wait to experience it from the pitch.”

Glasgow’s announcement of the signing did not specify the length of McCallum’s contract, saying only he would be in the squad “for the opening section of the new United Rugby Championship and Heineken Champions Cup campaigns”.

Head coach Danny Wilson, meanwhile, believes his new player can make a considerable impact. “We’re pleased to welcome Murray to Scotstoun,” he said. “It’s great to be able to add another capped international to our already experienced depth at tighthead. He has fitted in with the squad seamlessly since joining and we’re all looking forward to seeing him compete for the No 3 jersey as the season progresses.”

McCallum was released by Edinburgh at the end of last season after being part of their squad for five years.

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  1. It is very rare that you get a prop who can play on both sides of the front row. I would try and develop that with the lad as it gives a dynamic that can be utilised from the bench in bigger games.

    • being switched from side to side is a major reason his development did not progress as it should. The technique and often conditioning is quite different in modern rugby at professional levels.
      I believe he was a tighthead, switched to LH at U20 because Fagerson was preferred. Then started at Edin back at TH, never let them down, quite the opposite, in fact got capped and did fine for a kid for Scotland. Then started being mucked about by Cockerill.
      Now I’m not someone who has issues about brining in non SQ players, but some of the rubbish Cockerill has brought in when Edin and Scotland would have been better served by McCallum is inexcusable.
      I hope he gets a decent shot at Glasgow, sticks to one side of the scrum, but now mid 20s with 3 players clearly ahead of him at TH, and the same at LH.

      • With regards to the loosehead/tighthead that’s what I heard too, but he must have played loads of loosehead at school as he was in the same team as Fagerson, although I think he was an 8 at some point??

        He’ll be third choice for now at tighthead. But even though there are no international clashes anymore, Fagerson and Berghan will probably still be needed during six nations time and so there should be opportunities. Plus I can see Fagerson heading to France next summer and as a lion he should get some good offers. So this could be some sensible succession planning

      • 4th choice at TH behind Fagerson, Bergan and Pieretto. Think Fagerson was originally and 8 at school.
        Players may move on but this is a short term deal, so if its succession planning its not a done deal yet

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