Stafford McDowall signs two year contract extension with Glasgow Warriors

21-year-old had an excellent breakthrough season in which he was the club's young played of the year and called up to Scotland training squad

Stafford McDowall
Stafford McDowall promotes Glasgow Warriors' up-coming pre-season friendly versus Ulster. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

 

STAFFORD McDOWALL has extended his contract with Glasgow Warriors for two more year beyond his current deal, which is due to run out at the end of the coming season – meaning he will remain at the club until at least the summer of 2022.

The former Scotland Under-20s captain – who first played the game at Stewartry, honed his skills at Merchiston Castle School, and cut his teeth in senior rugby with Ayr in the Tennent’s Premiership – signed his first full-time pro deal last December after impressing the coaching team when he was called upon during November’s international window. In total, he made 12 appearance and scored two tries in all competition last campaign.

He was called up to the senior Scotland training squad during the 2019 Six Nations, shared the McCrea Financial Services Warrior of the Month award with fellow centre Kyle Steyn in March, and was named the Land Rover Young Player of the Season at the club’s end-of-year Awards Dinner back in May.


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“I’ve loved my time here so far. I came through the academy here and I’m really happy to be staying,” said McDowall. “I just want to get as much game time as possible. There’s a lot of competition for places at centre, but I just take every game as it comes.

“I’m really looking forward to being back out in front of the fans at Scotstoun. It’s something I’ve missed over the last few months, so I’m really looking forward to hopefully playing against Ulster next month.”

Glasgow Warriors Assistant Coach Jason O’Halloran welcomed the re-signing and tipped the 21-year-old a s player with a big future.

“Stafford had an excellent debut season as a professional last year,” he said. “We’re delighted that he is going to continue his development here at Scotstoun.He was quite rightly named our Young Player of the Season last year and has come into pre-season hungry and eager to learn even more.

“Stafford has a very exciting future ahead of him and it’s great for the club that he is committed to Glasgow Warriors.”

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