Murphy Walker hopes new Glasgow Warriors contract can be a line in the sand

Prop has endured a frustrating start his career due to injury but determined to take up for lost time

Murphy Walker has signed a two-year contract extension with Glasgow Warriors. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Murphy Walker has signed a two-year contract extension with Glasgow Warriors. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

MURPHY WALKER is hoping to consign a frustrating 18 months battling injury to the dustbin of history and kick-on to realise his potential as a homegrown Scottish prop capable of playing at the highest level, with the 24-year-old marking a line in the sand by signing a two-year Glasgow Warriors contract extension today.

The product of Dundee Eagles and Strathallan School  where he was team-mates with fellow current Warrior Ollie Smith when captaining the side which won the Scottish Cup in 2018 – was capped twice by Gregor Townsend against Fiji and Argentina during the 2022 Autumn Test Series, despite having played just eight senior games with three starts for Warriors in total up until that point (he missed the entirety of the 2020-21 season with a ruptured hamstring).

His game-time has been limited since then as well. He managed four games for Glasgow Warriors in December of 2022 before missing the remainder of the 2022-23 season due to a neck issue, was fit to be part of Scotland’s World Cup training camp last summer when he picked-up his third senior cap against Italy but failed to make the tournament squad, and is yet to feature for Warriors in a competitive match this season following calf and knee injuries. He did, however, play in the recent combined Edinburgh/Glasgow Warriors ‘A’ match against Black Lion.


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“It’s been a strange couple of years, as it’s been so long since I’ve played a professional game for the club because of injury lay-offs and so on, but at the same time I’ve played for Scotland last summer and been involved with the ‘A’ team,” said Walker.

“The overriding emotion for me when it comes to the last two years as a Warrior has probably been frustration, to be honest, just because of the run of injuries and when they’ve come about, so when it came to it, renewing was such a straightforward decision.

“I want to put my best foot forward, and I feel like I owe everyone – from the boys to the coaches to the supporters – and show them all what I can do and what I’ve been working on.

“I just want to get back to playing rugby and playing well, and giving everything for this club. I can’t wait to be back out there in front of the supporters once more.”

 

 

Head coach Franco Smith added: “We are pleased to have secured Murphy’s services for another couple of seasons.

“Whilst he has endured his share of bad luck with injuries, he has worked extremely hard with our medical and S&C teams to get back to full fitness and put himself in the best possible position.

“He has shown he is willing to do whatever it takes to become the best version of himself on and off the field, and we look forward to continuing to work with him.”

Walker becomes the latest international to extend his stay at Scotstoun, following in the footsteps of Huw Jones and Jamie Dobie – as well as incoming signings Adam Hastings and Rory Sutherland – in agreeing terms with the Warriors ahead of the 2024-25 season.


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12 Comments

  1. Young props more than any other position, are always a leap of faith, they get better… only with age/ experience if you don’t have patience, you just don’t understand the rigours of the position

  2. To those criticising – how is it possibly in GT’s interests to bump up a mate? He is judged on results.

    I suggest you name names of these better players and also hear the lad out, so to speak – he may well have been working hard on his development.

    I do, however, acknowledge that I have seen one or two props on SRU contracts in recent years whose strengths lay away from the scrum.

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  3. He’s young for a prop give the lad a chance. We saw comments like these about Fagerson not so long ago and he’s turned out pretty well!!

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  4. Props mature later, also people/players learn and develop, right ?
    Lots of “desk coaches” here complains about not Scottish lads coming throw, and here you are complaining about one of them… Maybe, get the boots on and go to your club and do some coaching, maybe you might understand what a coaching process is all about ?
    All the best Murphy, do your best !

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  5. God, the boards have been grumpy this week. I don’t have a strong view on Walker (it’s been a while since I have seen him play!) but he’s still young for a prop. I assume that pitch coaches are assuming he can still get better as he matures and plays more.

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  6. Realistically not good enough but had been kept on because of his connections.

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    • Absolutely spot on, saw him a couple of times in Super 6 and he got mullered but he is a full Scotland international and i wonder how that came about. He was also very poor at under 20s but Townsend has a like for mobile props who cannot scrum and of course he is one of Toonys best pals nephew. It is not the lads fault but the SRU have invested an awful lot of money in him starting with his SRU scholarship at Strathallan. We wonder why so many gifted players are disallusioned when they see bang average connected players moving up the ladder. It is so blatant it is laughable.

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      • Find comments like this hilarious. Curious why Townsend and Lineen have pushed so hard to get Walker a contract but but didn’t with their own kids……

        Im sure you guys would be happy if we replaced him with a NSQ journeyman.

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      • I’m trying to list all the mobile props GT has played who can’t scrum. You cannot even get close to a cap if you can’t scrum these days.

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        • That was all you could do Mr Bear but you were certainly quite good at it

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