Grant Stewart brought back on board by Glasgow Warriors

29-year-old hooker was released by Scotstoun outfit back in 2022

Grant Stewart in action for Ayrshire Bulls against Glasgow Warriors 'A' last year. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Grant Stewart in action for Ayrshire Bulls against Glasgow Warriors 'A' last year. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GRANT STEWART has become the second former player to return to Glasgow Warriors this month, following Adam Hastings in re-signing for the Scotstoun outfit. He has agreed a two-year deal with the club, having trained with Franco Smith’s squad throughout the current campaign.

The 29-year-old hooker was released by Warriors in 2022 and subsequently had spells playing for URC rivals Connacht then Ayrshire Bulls in Super Series. His return to the fold comes a few days after veteran hooker Fraser Brown announced his retirement from playing at the end of this season, while news on George Turner‘s move to Japan for next season is expected soon.

Coming hot on the heels of  Magnus Bradbury‘s return to Edinburgh next season being unveiled, it is hard to escape the feeling that a ‘back-to-the-future’ strategy for player recruitment has been adopted by Scotland’s two pro teams as they try to balance an increased pressure to populate their squad with Scots-qualified personnel whilst dealing with a restricted pipeline of native talent coming through the domestic current pathway.


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In this instance, the move makes some sense for Glasgow because they are getting an experienced campaigner who knows the lay of the land at a reasonable cost. Stewart will provide depth in a position where Warriors can also call on free-scoring Scotland cap Johnny Matthews, alongside the less experienced duo of Angus Fraser and Gregor Hiddleston who both need time in the saddle..

“I’ve really enjoyed being back in the environment over the course of the season,” said Stewart. :”There’s a great feeling about the place and I’ve loved being back involved.

“I’m obviously not one of the young bucks anymore, I’m one of the older boys. I definitely feel like I’ve picked up more experience from the time I’ve been away, though, and I’m looking forward to pulling on a Glasgow shirt once more.

“The coaching group here have been great, too. Franco backs the boys really well and trusts you to perform, and I can’t wait to get back out there with the boys.”

A product of Strathaven RFC, the Carluke-born hooker came to prominence playing for Glasgow Hawks in the pre-Super Series Premiership, and made his professional debut away to Leinster in the 2016-17 Champions Cup, going on to make 48 appearances during his first spell with the Warriors.

His form in a Glasgow shirt saw him called up to the senior Scotland squad for the first time ahead of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations, having previously represented his country at U17, U18, U19 and Club XV level. He picked up the first of his three senior caps at Murrayfield in August 2019, coming off the bench against France in a Rugby World Cup warm-up Test.

Head coach Smith added: “Grant has made the most of being invited back into our environment, and has worked hard and given everything to become a Glasgow Warrior once again.

“He has committed to training with us alongside his commitments on his family farm and with Ayrshire Bulls, and he fully deserves his chance based on the work he has put in.

“He is a reminder to all to not give up on your dreams and that by working hard and putting in the effort you can achieve your desired goals.”


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13 Comments

  1. Grant Stewart was alway a reliable option about the park even though his darts weren’t always up there with the best. And from memory is Grant not the last person to score for the Warriors in a PRO 14 Grand Final.

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  2. I’m delighted with this move, as I always saw him as a reliable player who never looked out of place and never let the side down. Ok it’s not a marquee signing, but a good one nonetheless in my opinion.

    • eh?

      Cockerill was talking about props, Stewart is a hooker. Scotland has very good young hookers coming out of its ears. Scotland also has 3 excellent TH prospects, but Cockerill has likely never hear of Norrie or Blythe-Lafferty. Meanwhile, with Cockerill’s input, England are still capping Dan Cole, wher eis the next young English prospect?

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      • Septic Cockerill was talking about the pathway and the lack of quality players being produced and just going back to same players who dont perform. Stewart is an example of that, brining back a 29 year old who wasn’t good enough before.
        He used props as an example, how many pro minutes have Blyth-Laffert and Norrie played? Why have Edinburgh given Rae and Williams new deals to block Blyth-Laffert pathway.
        Cockerill will be well aware of Blyth-Laffert after his performance against Georgia u18s.
        Cole still plays for England on merit not because they havent produced othets, he stepped up to keep ahead of others. But England have produced Sinkler, Hill, Heyes, Stuart, Davidson, Painter, Iosefa-Scott at tighhead over the last few years while Scotland have produced no quality tightheads since Fagerson.
        Cockerill was correct too many Scottish players rewarded for mediocrity.

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    • The super 6 answers were in the A team players getting humiliated by the Georgian club players as was yet another u20 whitewash. Prior to S6 we were 5th in RWC…. revisionism can’t beat facts.

      • Unfortunately these aren’t facts.
        Scotland finished 5th in 2017.
        Scotland were relegated from the junior World Cup in summer 2019.
        Super Six started in November 2019.

  3. So Glasgow continue to sign ex players that couldn’t wait to leave the first time around and ex players that simply weren’t good enough when they had a chance. Meanwhile other teams in the league are strengthening with proper quality while Franco has his hands tied by being forced to sign players for a national team that doesn’t actually win anything. I’m surprised Glasgow and Edinburgh can even attract a coach.

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    • Sign a Scottish player – booooo he’s not good enough, we demand better.

      Sign a non-Scottish player – boooooo another average journeyman taking the place of a proper Scottish boy.

      I bloody give up with the comments on this site.

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      • Its not that binary Alastair, Fans of Glasgow and Edinburgh want the best team possible and so they want a few top internationalists from overseas and the rest Scots qualified who are up to the job. Nobody wants the journeyman overseas players that have taken many spots in the teams over many years. Balance is needed but its also short sighted and parochial to suggest we dont need any overseas players as some have suggested (on other threads).

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