SCOTLAND international Gordon Reid has rejoined Glasgow Warriors in a partnership deal that will see him remain an Ayrshire Bulls player but train more frequently at Scotstoun. The 32-year-old was back training with the Warriors this week and is in the Bulls team to play Watsonians tomorrow.
“I’m excited to be back at Scotstoun,” Reid said. “The club means a great deal to me, so I’m happy to have signed a partnership contract until the end of the season. There are a few familiar faces and I’m looking forward to getting to know the new boys too. I’ll still be playing for the Ayrshire Bulls, but will also be available for the Warriors, so it’s a win-win situation.”
Besides providing front-row cover for the Warriors, the agreement is also of potential benefit to the Scotland squad. With South Africans Oli Kebble and Pierre Schoeman the first choices at Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively, national coach Gregor Townsend needs more Scottish-qualified looseheads to be as match-fit as possible in the run-up to the Six Nations. Having been in the World Cup squad, Reid would certainly come into consideration for selection provided he was training at professional level, even if playing primarily in the semi-pro Super6.
Hooker Johnny Matthews, meanwhile, has extended his Warriors contract to the end of the season after initally signing a three-month deal, primarily as World Cup cover. Matthews was the Premiership’s leading try-scorer last season, with Boroughmuir, and is on the Bears bench for Sunday’s Super6 game against the Southern Knights. At the same time, another hooker, Jack Iscaro, has returned to his parent club Old Glory DC following the conclusion of his stay at Scotstoun.
“We’re happy to have Gordy back involved with us at Scotstoun,” assistant coach John Dalziel said. “He’s a quality international who’s just come off the back of a World Cup, and it’s great to have him back in training with us alongside his contract with Ayrshire Bulls.
“Johnny’s come in and done a great job – he’s continually driving towards improving himself as a full-time professional. He’s made a great contribution to our environment and has a strong set-piece, and he’s definitely a player that suits the style of rugby we want to play.
“We’d like to thank Jack – he’s used every second of his time here to try and increase his skill set, and we look forward to following his progress over the course of the season.”