Josh McKay signs contract extension with Glasgow Warriors

Full-back has re-committed for at least two more years at Scotstoun

Josh McKay has signed a two-year contract extension with Glasgow Warriors. Image: © Craig Watson -
Josh McKay has signed a two-year contract extension with Glasgow Warriors. Image: © Craig Watson -

JOSH MCKAY has agreed terms on a new contract, believed to be for two more years, which should keep him at the club until at least the summer of 2025.

The 25-year-old full-back, who is currently out of action with a foot injury, has been a key man for Warriors since moving north  from his native New Zealand in late 2021. He has touched down for eight tries in his 27 appearances in all competitions to date, most recently in the 50-8 victory over Zebre Parma at Scotstoun in March.

“In the end it was a really easy decision [to re-sign],” said McKay, who is the cousin of New Zealand international footballer Meikayla Moore, who has represented Glasgow City this season.  “I absolutely love the direction in which this club is travelling, and when I sat down and thought about what I want to do over the next couple of years it really aligns with the vision of everyone here at Scotstoun.

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“We’ve got the freedom to play and have a go, and playing in the back three that’s exactly what you want to hear – you want to do your bit for the team and help the group excel. It certainly suits the style of rugby I love to play and I’m really excited for what comes next.

“Glasgow’s an awesome city to be a part of, too – when I initially moved over from New Zealand, I didn’t really know what to expect, but I’ve absolutely loved getting settled into the city. We live near a lot of the boys and it’s a really good environment in which to live and work.

“First and foremost I want to get back fully fit and firing, so the focus for me now is to get my foot right and then get ready to attack next season. I can’t wait.”

McKay was a member of the all-conquering New Zealand U20 side that claimed World Rugby U20 Championship gold in 2017. He played Mitre 10 rugby for Canterbury, and Super Rugby for both the Highlanders and the Crusaders before making the move to Glasgow.

“We’re pleased that Josh has committed his future to us for the next couple of seasons,” said Warriors head coach Franco Smith.

“He’s a model professional that brings a great attitude and desire to improve to every training session, and his ability to play on both the wing and at full-back is a real asset to us as a squad.

“He comes to Scotstoun each day with a real drive to be the best version of himself that he can be and we look forward to continuing to work with him over the coming seasons.”

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