GLASGOW WARRIORS head coach Danny Wilson has been busy during the opening months of this season bolstering his squad for the remainder of the campaign, with winger Walter Fifita, prop Nathan McBeth, centres Robbie Fergusson and Tom Jordan, and hooker Ewan Ashman, all being added to the roster during the last two months.
However, Wilson has also been looking slightly further ahead, as this [Wednesday] lunchtime’s announcement that stand-off Ross Thompson has extended his contract with the club beyond the end of the current season demonstrates. While the length of the deal has not been released, it is understood to be for two years.
The 22-year-old, who made his Scotland debut against Tonga at the start the recent Autumn Test series, graduated from the academy to the senior side ahead of the current season after grabbing his long-awaited opportunity during the second half of the 2020-21 campaign, when he ended up as both Young Player of the Season and McCrea Financial Services Player of the Season.
Thompson came through Stewart’s Melville College in Edinburgh and made his mark in the senior game playing Premiership rugby with Glasgow Hawks, leading to two years in the Scotland Under-20s set-up. He played for Ayrshire Bulls during the inaugural Super6 season, before grabbing his chance with Warriors when a crisis at stand-off led to him being thrown in at the deep end against Edinburgh in January of this year.
He has now scored 135 points from his 19 appearances in Glasgow colours to date, with only Tommy Hayes having taken fewer matches to reach a century of points for the Warriors. His unflustered approach to dealing with each new challenge has set him out as a player of serious potential who is delivering at the moment.
“It was a pretty easy decision really,” said Thompson, as the new deal was announced. “I’ve really enjoyed my time with Glasgow over the last 12 months or so, getting to know the boys and getting out and playing for this club.
“It’s been really great to be able to represent this club with a lot of guys I’ve come through the age-grades with. I’ve played a lot of rugby with guys like Rufus [McLean], Ollie [Smith], Jamie [Dobie] and Rory [Darge] over the last couple of years in particular, and to be able to step out onto the pitch with some of your closest mates makes everything that much more enjoyable.
“I’m just looking to kick on and build now. I really enjoyed being in the Scotland environment and that’s definitely something I want to experience more of, but my primary focus is giving my all for Glasgow and helping this club challenge at the top of the table.”
Wilson added: “Ross is an outstanding individual who has really impressed us this last year. He’s taken his chances both at club and international level well and is maturing into a quality number 10. We’re pleased he has committed himself to the club for the future and I’m sure he will continue to develop with the attitude he’s shown so far.”
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