Gregor Hiddleston signs first full-time contract with Glasgow Warriors

Hooker was previously part of Scotstoun squad on a partnership deal with Stirling Wolves

Gregor Hiddleston has signed a full-time contract with Glasgow Warriors. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Gregor Hiddleston has signed a full-time contract with Glasgow Warriors. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

GREGOR HIDDLESTON has been handed his first full-time contract by Glasgow Warriors, with the 21-year-old hooker graduating from a partnership deal with Stirling Wolves Super Series side.

The Dumfries Saints product – who came to prominence playing in the Premiership with GHA, earning a Scotland Under-20s call-up and being recruited to play Super6/Series at Bridgehaugh – made his Warriors debut as a starter in last month’s narrow Champions Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.

“I’m over the moon,” said Hiddleston, whose pace and all-action style has seen him frequently deployed as an openside flanker during his journey throng the ranks. “To have been on a partnership deal first of all, then to get the chance to go all the way and become a full-time pro, it’s an incredible feeling.


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“I’m still on cloud nine from my debut, to be honest! I was really nervous during the week, but as the game got closer I was absolutely fine and just relished the challenge.

“There’s a great group of players here – you only have to look at the strength in depth at hooker. We’re all competitive and push each other on, and it’s a great chance for me to learn from some of the best hookers in Scotland.

“I just want to keep working hard and see what comes. I’m ready for any opportunity that comes my way.”

Glasgow head coach Franco Smith added: “Gregor is someone who we believe has a great deal of potential, and is a young man keen to learn and improve.

“He earned his opportunity to make his professional debut and he’s a player who is still developing, something we are very excited about.

“We look forward to continuing to work with him, and to see him continue to develop over the coming years.”

Meanwhile, Damien Hoyland has returned to Edinburgh for “training purposes” ahead of the veteran winger’s move to join SRU partnership club Old Glory (based in Washington, USA) for the upcoming MLR.

 


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10 Comments

  1. Great prospect. Hopefully doesn’t end up like Harrison at Edinburgh absolutely starved of game time behind old pros and journey men.

  2. his debut against Exeter was the most complete display by a Scottish hooker this season. Going to eb a formidable player for Glasgow and Scotland

  3. Was very impressed with him against Exeter, he has the raw attributes to really make a name for himself in the game. Good luck to him

    • Tulliallan has a 100% success rate in producing police officers. Who knew?

      And I think Dumfries and GHA helped along the way or did he not show talent before he got to Bridgehaugh?

      To be sure a good news story for Gregor. Delighted he’s broken through.

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      • Equally lots of young players have been signed but previous few get real meaningful game time as short term foreign imports are brought in constantly. Let’s hope that the young lad is allowed to play more than the odd cursory 3 min every 4 games. Harry Patterson showed at the weekend that the talent is there if only teams would trust them with games.

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      • A lot of youngsters have talent and it’s important that there is a ladder they can climb to allow them to develop their talent. I’m sure he showed talent at Dumfries and GHA but they would only be able to take him so far, Stirling was another rung in the ladder and I hope Glasgow is another part of his development.

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