KIRAN McDonald has agreed a new two-year contract with Glasgow Warriors, extending a stay at Scotstoun which began with his competitive debut in late 2017. The 25-year-old lock is the 17th member of the current squad to sign a fresh deal.
“A couple of years ago I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with me rugby-wise, so to now be going into my fourth year at the club is amazing,” McDonald said on the Warriors website. “Glasgow’s my home town, the Warriors have been part of my life for a while now, and it’s a privilege to be a part of something that means so much to the community and the city. It’s a great place to play rugby: the coaches give you every opportunity to show what you can do, and it’s a great bunch of lads to play rugby and hang about with.
“I had a really good start to the season and had a really good run of games – I probably played the best rugby I’ve ever played, so I want to pick up where I left off. I’m excited to get back out there. Danny [Wilson]’s vision for the club is one I’m really excited about, and I can’t wait to show what I can do on the pitch.”
New head coach Wilson believes that McDonald has made significant progress over the past year and can make more over the seasons to come. “I’ve been watching Kiran’s development for a while now in my previous role with Scotland, and I’ve been really impressed by the strides he’s taken in the last year or so,” he said.
“He had a tremendous start to the 2019/20 season and was in excellent form before his injury. He does some great work at the lineout and carries hard, and brings a real edge to the pack. His potential is very exciting – I know he can still develop even further, and I’m looking forward to working with him.”
McDonald will have to rediscover his early-season form if he is to win a regular place in Wilson’s matchday squad, with the second row now looking like one of the most competitive areas of the team. Richie Gray, Scott Cummings and Leone Nakarawa are the main contenders for the two places at lock, while Hamish Bain will also be in the squad next season.