MURRAY MCCALLUM will swap Glasgow Warriors for Worcester Warriors at the start of January, having signed a contract with the English Premiership club which will run until the end of the 2022-23 season.
The 25-year-old prop, who was capped three times by Scotland in 2018, joined Glasgow on a short-term deal in the summer, having spent the previous five years on the books at Edinburgh.
He will link up with some familiar faces at Sixways, including former Edinburgh team-mates Rory Sutherland and Duhan van der Merwe, as well as Director of Rugby, Alan Solomons, who was head coach in the Scottish capital when McCallum was coming through the academy.
“The Premiership is the ultimate test for a prop and a league I have always wanted to challenge myself in,” said McCallum.
“Knowing Solly for my Edinburgh days and then meeting JT I am really sold on the club’s vision and I’m excited to be part of their journey.
“You can see the club’s ambitions with the appointment of Steve Diamond as Lead Rugby Consultant and he is someone I look forward to working with. I can’t wait to get started.”
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Its a good move for him. At least I hope it is. He needs a chance to establish himself, not a (welcome though it was) short term deal at Glasgow or being ruined by Cockerill at Edinburgh.
My one huge concern is that Solomons is rumoured to be moving on. And Diamond as a consultant probably means Worcs will be told to sign more Boks, especially props. If Diamond then takes over from Solomons, it gets worse – he is another Cockerill. A dinosaur with little concern for player welfare (he has slammed HIAs for example, players should just man up according to him. Horrible person and as limited as Cockerill as a coach
Good move. I feel that our fringe players in particular should move abroad early if they can. It’s a chance for more game time and if they’re successful, they take up the place of a foreign team’s player.
Jeez, this is another good signing for Worcester so hopefully they stop getting annihilated every week. At this rate, I could decide to become a WW fan (due to the Scots in their team, particularly one guy named King Duhan) : its boring supporting big teams right lol? And before I get lambasted, I am new to club rugby so haven’t really picked a team yet lol.
Always wondered why he didn’t get more game time. If this is a route to regular first team rugby then great – although I would have preferred he remained in Scotland to get it. The autumn internationals exposed how desperately short the national team is on the front row. It remains our Achilles heel and just about the only part of the team where we still have no real depth in terms of competition – particularly at tight head. So good luck Murray, at 25 this is a great opportunity and hopefully Scotland will feel the benefit.
Good luck Murray. He’s a player who often seemed to be part of the warm ups as a non-playing reserve, never getting enough actual game time to kick on. Hope he gets a run of games particularly at tighthead, as this is where the national team needs more depth.