EXETER tighthead Patrick Schickerling will head north in the summer after signing a three -year deal with Glasgow. The 25-year-old from Namibia believes that he – and the Warriors – can continue to make progress over the coming seasons, and explained that belief made his decision to leave the south-west of England for Scotstoun an easy one.
“I’m very excited,” Schickerling, the club’s first signing for next season, told glasgowwarriors.org. “I believe that my best years are still ahead of me, and Ithink that Glasgow’s style of play will suit me down to the ground – I enjoy my set-piece work, but I love to get my hands on the ball and I’d say I’m not your typical tight-head, so I’m keen to get involved as much as I can.
“I think Glasgow is one of the best places to be playing right now, which is why I’ve committed to a long-term deal. Talking to Franco [Smith] and the coaching team, the fact that this club is so closely linked to the community is a massive selling point for me, and I’m excited to join a club that’s intent on challenging for domestic and European honours.
“I’ve been watching Glasgow a lot in the URC and in Europe this year, and the club is on a really exciting journey. It was an easy decision to make when the offer came in – now I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and getting stuck in this summer.”
Head coach Smith said: “We’re pleased to welcome Patrick to the club as we continue to make preparations for the 2024/25 season. He is a strong ball-carrier and someone who will bring a unique set of characteristics to our playing group.
“He is someone who we believe has a great deal of potential, and is a player with whom we are excited to work and help to develop into the best version of himself.”