Glasgow Warriors announce list of seven leavers at the end of current season

Scotland capped hooker Grant Stewart's time at the club is almost over

Scotland capped hooker Grant Stewart is among the seven players who will leave Glasgow Warriors at the end of this season. Image: ©Craig Watson
Scotland capped hooker Grant Stewart is among the seven players who will leave Glasgow Warriors at the end of this season. Image: ©Craig Watson

GLASGOW WARRIORS have released a list of seven players who will leave the club at the end of the current season, taking the total number of departures during this campaign to 10 after Pete Horne retired in December, Murray McCallum joined Worcester Warriors in January and Nick Grigg moved to Japanese side NTT Docomo Red Hurricanes also in January.

Scotland international hooker Grant Stewart is among the leavers following 47 appearances in Glasgow colours, having played an instrumental role in his side’s run to the 2019 Guinness PRO14 Final at Celtic Park.

Second-row Hamish Bain is leaving after managing just seven appearances during two injury-interrupted years at the club on his first senior professional contract.


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Australian-born former Scotland under-20s loose-head prop Tom Lambert is departing a year after signing his first professional contract “in order to pursue another playing opportunity overseas”. He played five games for the club last season whilst a member of the academy but has not added to that total after missing almost all of the season to date with an ankle injury.

Scotland and Team GB 7s star Robbie Fergusson is moving on after his third spell with the club.

And former Scotland Club XV tight-head prop Ewan McQuillin is moving on after making four appearances for Glasgow since February 2020.

Meanwhile, the departures of Rob Harley and Kiran McDonald had already been announced.

“Each player leaving has applied themselves, worked hard and been passionate about playing for Glasgow Warriors,” said head coach Danny Wilson. “We wish our leavers all the best and would like to thank them for what they have done as Warriors – their contributions both on and off the field cannot be underestimated.

“We’re looking forward to finishing the season together and, when the time is right, celebrating all they have given to the jersey.”

 

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7 Comments

  1. Good luck to them all in their future careers. Tom Lambert looked decent in the games he played. I would keep Grant Stuart who always tried his damnedest and offload the penalty machine that is Fraser Brown. This however is scrubbing in the margins , to make a difference Al Kellock and the SRU needs to grow a pair, check behind the cushions on the couch and get us a better coach.

    • I am with you on Fraser Brown and his penalty count. I will never forget the penalty he gave away at Twickenham when the clock was in the “red” in the 38 – 38 game. We were leading and England were able to kick to the corner from just inside our half and then scored depriving us of a rare win at Twickenham..
      Sorry to see young Lambeth leave as he looks to have potential. I will keep an eye on his progress.

  2. Not sure that Stewart leaving isn’t something that we may regret. Both Brown and Turner HIAs have been mounting over the years and both are prone to time off. However, need for change is clear (incl. management) but I hope that we see some home grown talent coming through, especially considering the number of Scots leaving – and not an influx of journeyman seen as a quick fix by management to save themselves… Call me cynical if you want.

  3. Harley aged 32
    McQuillin aged 31
    Fergusson aged 29
    McDonald aged 27
    Stewart aged 26
    Bain aged 24
    Lambert aged 22

    7 Scots. 6 forwards.
    A lot of depth there.
    We have some good young forwards in the Academy but not necessarily in the positions being vacated- Samuel/Williamson to replace Bain? Brown to replace Harley? Walker already in for McQuillin.
    I like Euan Ferrie and Rhys Tait as well.
    I’m not sure Angus Fraser is quite ready. Is it possible Corey Tait might come straight into a pro contract?

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  4. Thought it might have been more. Agree that Garnt Stewart is a decent player but now only 4th choice hooker – the one area that were not short. I wish the same could be said for some other key positions. We really need at least one serious 2nd row and a few back rowers and were light in the centre and wing also. Await with interest to see who’s incoming.

  5. Sorry to see Grant Stewart leaving. With 2 International players ahead of him it’s a struggle to get a look in. Here’s hoping he can go and get the game time he needs at a good level

    • He’s a decent physical specimen. Not surprised to see him go if he can’t push past Matthews and an aging Brown. A bit prone to doing something silly when the pressure is on.
      In particular I remember the 2019 final when he scored, he got so caught up in celebrating his try that he forgot GW wanted to convert quickly and go again. DTH was raging when Stewert lobbed the ball into the crowd. In the last few minutes of a final you have to have game sense! Rookie or not.

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