SAM JOHNSON of Glasgow Warriors is the latest current Scotland squad member to sign a contract extension which will keep him playing club rugby in the country for a secret period of time.
The 27-year-old Australian-born centre, who qualified to play for Scotland through the three-year residency rule in 2018, has emerged as a key member of the national team’s midfield since making his debut for Gregor Townsend‘s side against Italy at the start of the 2019 Six Nations.
Johnson has accumulated 15 caps to date although a knee injury limited his game time at the start of this season, and he missed Saturday’s 1872 Cup victory over Edinburgh because he was self-isolating after a potential Covid exposure.
“I’m excited to re-sign with the club,” said Johnson. “Glasgow is my home and to be able to sign for a few more years is a great boost for me.
“There are exciting times ahead for the club and I’m very fortunate for Glasgow and Scottish Rugby to give me the opportunity to continue to work hard with Danny and the rest of the coaching team to build something special at Scotstoun.”
Warriors head coach Danny Wilson welcomed the announcement. “Sam’s a really exciting midfield player both sides of the ball,” said Wilson. “He’s an intelligent player who has a real understanding of the game, and he uses that to bring the best out of the players around him.
“He’s is someone I’ve got to know well over the last couple of years while I’ve been in Scotland and I’ve really enjoyed working with him.
“I think it’s great that we can retain another Scottish internationalist of Sam’s calibre and we look forward to him pulling on the Glasgow jersey on many more occasions over the next few years.”