JACK CUTHBERT has become the second Scotland internationalist to have joined National League Two side GHK as a player-coach in recent weeks. A Scotland 7s squad member this season, he has previously played on the wing or full-back for Bath, Edinburgh and Jersey Reds, and earned his solitary full cap as a replacement in a World Cup warm-up match against Ireland at Murrayfield back in 2011.
News of the 31-year-old’s arrival comes hot on the heels of former Glasgow Warriors and Scotland hooker Kevin Bryce agreeing to join the club.
Cuthbert is the club’s first signing since the appointment of former Scotland prop Peter Wright as head coach, and he stated that the opportunity to work with his old mentor from Scotland Under-19s days was a big draw.
“I’m delighted to be signing for GHK next season and to be forming an alliance with my old coach Peter Wright again makes it extra special,” said Cuthbert. “I got the call from Peter when I was just a 19-year-old lad and we hit it off from the start.
“Peter is a very knowledgeable coach with a lot of big game experience. I will always be eternally grateful that he gave me the opportunity to play for Scotland and started me out on the journey. I’m really looking forward to getting started, the new gym, stadium and all-weather facilities are top class. It will be a great place to play rugby.”
Cuthbert will also assist Wright in coaching the team, alongside the Glasgow Warriors triumvirate of Chris Fusaro, Zander Fagerson and strength and conditioning coach Mattie Hamilton.
“I am excited that Jack will be joining us this year as player-coach,” said Wright. “He’s a great guy to have about the club and we are lucky to have him here. We will be working hard with the players to get their fitness and skill levels up and make sure the players enjoy their rugby. Essentially, we want to have some fun and play with a smile on our faces.”