ACADEMY stand-off Ross Thompson will graduate to a senior contract with Glasgow Warriors in the summer, after a man-of the-match performance in his first start for the club against Edinburgh last month.
The former Scotland Under-20s, Glasgow Hawks and Ayrshire Bulls man kicked 13 points in that match, and played with an assurance which indicated that he’s got what it takes to cut it in the pro game.
He comes with a rich sporting pedigree. His grandfather represented Scotland at cricket whilst his uncle was capped for Scotland in rugby league, whilst cousin Kirsty Gilmour is a two-time Commonwealth Games medallist in badminton.
“I’m really excited to be signing my first professional contract,” said the 21-year-old. “My time in the academy has made me realise just how much I want to play for Glasgow and it’s something I’ve chased for the last few years. It was a no brainer for me when the offer came through.
“I’m excited to keep working hard and learning from the coaches and the players at the club. My main focus for me is to continue trying to develop my game and Warriors is just the place to do that.
“I’m chuffed to bits to sign for a club that I’ve really enjoyed being a part of. I’m looking forward to competing for the jersey and hopefully running out in front of a home crowd at Scotstoun soon.”
Warriors head coach Danny Wilson believes that the arrival of veteran Irish stand-off Ian Keatley for the remainder of this season and the return of Duncan Weir next season means that Thompson is in the ideal environment to continue developing his game.
“We’re thrilled that Ross has committed to the club,” said Wilson. “He’s worked hard this season to improve his game and earn a spot in the match day 23.
“Ross is a promising young talent. He played well on debut against Edinburgh and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue to grow in our environment.
“Having the opportunity to learn from the likes of Ian, Adam [Hastings], and – from next season – Duncan will be fantastic for his development.”