PROMISING youngster Rufus McLean has signed a contract extension with Glasgow Warriors for an unspecified period of time, after breaking into the side in recent weeks during his first season as a full-time professional.
The 20-year-old, who has trained with the senior Scotland squad during this Six Nations window, is a former Under-18 and Under-20 cap playing out of Merchiston Castle School and Watsonians.
“I’m chuffed to be extending my contract with the Warriors,” said McLean. “Glasgow is renowned for developing young players, and I love the environment I’m in here.
“My debut [against Edinburgh] was surreal and it felt different out on the pitch than I had expected. I had to tell myself it’s another game of rugby and I felt I showed up well. Hopefully, there is plenty more game time to come.
“The Scotland invitation was a massive surprise and I appreciated being involved,” he added. “International rugby is another step up in speed and being exposed to that was insane. It’s experiences like those that will be invaluable in helping me kick on with Glasgow too.”
Warriors head coach Danny Wilson said he has been impressed with McLean’s attitude.
“Since I joined the club in June, Rufus has been a player that has impressed the coaches a great deal,” said Wilson.” He is a young player with a lot of talent, and I see him having a great future with Glasgow.
“Against Edinburgh he played very well in his debut, and it speaks volumes to his work ethic being handed the opportunity to experience the national team set up in the build up to a Calcutta Cup fixture.
“In recent weeks he has continued to train well and I look forward to seeing him contributing more in the weeks ahead.”