SOME Glasgow players who are out of contract in the summer have already re-signed for the team, while others should reach agreements shortly, Dave Rennie has revealed. The head coach declined to specify who had re-signed, but he did add that an announcement is expected soon regarding Huw Jones, who appeared close to signing for Leicester two weeks ago. Although Rennie would not confirm that the announcement will be made by the Warriors themselves, it is increasingly probable that the Scotland centre will stay at Scotstoun.
Rennie himself said last week that he would “definitely” be with Glasgow for at least another 12 months after his current deal expires at the end of the season, and although there his new deal has yet to be officially confirmed, the fact he is staying is sure to encourage players, too, to agree new deals that will keep him at Scotstoun. While the coach has accepted that he will lose some players, he is significantly happier than he was a fortnight ago when Jones seemed sure to be moving on.
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“It’s just a constant in this game. None of us are here forever. We’re very happy with the situation we have at the moment.” Asked about Jones, he added: “No doubt there will be an announcement coming soon, so I won’t spoil that.”“Some of those guys are already signed but it hasn’t been announced yet,” Rennie said on Friday. “Some we’re having conversations with and there could be a couple of guys who are moving on.
Keeping his cards close to his chest, Rennie declined to say whether the announcement would be made by the Warriors themselves or by Jones’ possible future employers. “There’s no point in me saying one way or the other, because then there’s no announcement required. We’ll let everyone find out at the same time.”
And as for the precise timing? “I’m not even sure. When I know I’ll let you know.”
Stuart Hogg’s departure for Exeter Chiefs has already been announced, but there are a number of other players besides Jones who Rennie will be eager to hold on to for at least another year. Those due to go out of contract include George Horne, Adam Hastings, Alex Dunbar and Tommy Seymour among the backs, and Scott Cummings, Zander Fagerson and Oli Kebble in the pack.