BOTH Niko Matawalu and Alex Allan will leave Glasgow at the end of the season, the Warriors have announced. The departure of the two long-serving players comes in the week of the retirement of Tommy Seymour and Chris Fusaro, as head coach Danny Wilson continues his rebuilding of the squad.
For Matawalu, now 32, the departure will bring to an end a second spell at Scotstoun. The Fijian international first joined the team in 2012, leaving for England in the summer following Glasgow’s PRO12 title triumph. After a season with Bath and another with Exeter, he rejoined in 2017. Primarily a scrum-half during his first spell with the Warriors, Matawalu has often featured on the wing since rejoining in 2017, with his versatility often consigning him to a place on the bench.
“When I first joined Glasgow Warriors in 2012 the biggest thing that stood out to me was the culture that the players created. I loved how the club had clans, traditions and customs – all like Fiji,” he said on the Warriors website. “A lot of things have changed over my years here but what makes Glasgow Warriors special hasn’t.
“Glasgow is my second home and I feel an immense sense of pride to have been part of this wonderful club. Every time I pulled on the Warriors jersey the most important thing for me was to enjoy every moment. I’m ready to experience something new outside of Glasgow, but I will miss and look back fondly on my time working and playing with all of my babies.”
Allan, who has eight Scotland caps, has been part of the Glasgow squad since 2014. Now 29, the loosehead prop has, like Matawalu, made more than 100 appearances in a Warriors jersey. “I am immensely proud to have represented Glasgow Warriors,” he said on the team’s website. There have been some incredible moments over the last seven years both on and off the pitch. I have been fortunate enough to be part of some incredible victories and I wish the team the best for the future.”
Wilson said: “Niko and Alex have both been fantastic servants to the club. They depart as centurions and should be celebrated for their achievements. Both are good club men and we wish them all the best for the future.”