Johnny Matthews signs Glasgow Warriors contract extension

Prolific try-scoring hooker will remain at Scotstoun until at least the summer of 2026

Johnny Matthews has agreed terms on a contract extension which will keep him at Glasgow Warriors until at least the summer of 2026. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Johnny Matthews has agreed terms on a contract extension which will keep him at Glasgow Warriors until at least the summer of 2026. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

JOHNNY MATTHEWS has agreed terms on a contract extension with Glasgow Warriors which will keep him at the club until at least the summer of 2026.

The 30-year-old hooker has emerged as something of a cult hero at Scotstoun during the four years since he signed his first full-time pro contact under Dave Rennie due to his phenomenal try-scoring exploits. He is currently the URC’s top try-scorer this season with 10, and has scored a total of 34 tries in 60 appearances for the club.

He became the first player in club history to score five tries in a single match in April’s victory over the Dragons at Scotstoun – notching the fastest-ever hat-trick by a Warrior in the process – then became the first player in club history to register 20 tries in a calendar year when crossing in a 22-10 victory over Edinburgh at Scotstoun last month.


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Matthews –  who has a Glaswegian mother – made his Scotland debut at last Autumn’s World Cup squad as a late call-up to the squad, predictably scoring a try off the bench in the team’s pool stage win over Romania.

Having initially come through the ranks at Sedgley Park (scoring 29 tries in 26 matches during the 2016-17 season), Liverpudlian Matthews – who is an avid Everton fan – made a big impact when he joined Boroughmuir in the old Tennent’s Premiership by scoring 19 tries in 16 appearances during the 2018-19 season, and also representing the Scotland Club XV.

“It was a very easy decision to renew, to be honest,” said Matthews. “It’s a great group to be a part of, both on and off the pitch, and I’m just delighted to be able to commit my future to the club.

“We try and play a brand of rugby that’s attacking and fits the tradition of Glasgow rugby, and everyone wants to be involved in a team like that during their careers. Franco Smith and the coaches make it a really easy team to fit into, and you can see the hard work everyone puts in by the results we’ve been picking up over the season so far.

“We’re a really tight-knit playing squad, too, which makes coming in to training each day that much more enjoyable. We all really get along, from the players to the coaches to the backroom team – everyone from top to bottom is all reading from the same page and it’s a great place to play.

“I just want to keep playing well and keep putting my hand up for selection – anything that comes after that is just the icing on the cake.”

 

Head coach Smith added: “Johnny is someone who, from day one, has fully bought into everything that we are looking to build at this club.

“We firmly believe that good people make good rugby players, and Johnny embodies this; his work ethic and determination to be the best version of himself, as well as to drive standards in those around him, are attributes that both we as coaches and his team-mates value.

“He works hard to earn each opportunity and he contributes both on and off the field to our environment, and we look forward to continuing to aid his development for the next couple of seasons.”

Matthews also recently became an ambassador for the Murrayfield Injured Players’ Foundation.

“MIPF is about rugby looking after its own,” he added. “Everyone I’ve come across in Scottish Rugby, whether at club level, with the Warriors, right through to the national team, takes player welfare and wellbeing very seriously.

“The Foundation is there to provide support when a player can be at a low ebb, perhaps after an injury.”

Ian Rankin, MIPF chair, said: “We are delighted to welcome Johnny on board as our ambassador. We look forward to working with him and hearing his ideas on how we can increase awareness of our work and encourage more people to support the Foundation through fund-raising.”


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2 Comments

  1. Great news fast becoming my favourite Glasgow player . Squidge rugby did a good mention of Johnny did you know he has scored more tries per 80 minutes then anyone in world rugby , 1.6 tries per game while poor Damian Penaud managed just 1.1 , go johnny go.

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