WORLD CUP hopeful Gordon Reid has been unveiled as the biggest name signing yet by a Super 6 team. The 32-year-old loose-head prop, who has been capped 34 times in total since making his Scotland debut against the USA back in June 2014, will turn out for his hometown club the newly branded Ayrshire Bulls during the launch season of the league.
It is a return to his old stomping ground for Reid, who was part of the Ayr Premiership winning side in 2009, before signing a pro contract with Glasgow Warriors in May 2011. He spent six seasons on the books at Warriors, making over 100 appearances for the club, before spending the last two seasons with London Irish.
“It is great to be back where it all started for me,” said Reid, who is currently in Scotland’s World Cup training squad. “Ayr is my home and it allows me to be close to my family. Obviously it is always a massive honour to wear the thistle and I would relish the chance to play at another World Cup, so I’ve just got to put in the graft and whatever comes, comes.”
Reid’s capture was announced this [Friday] evening at a civic reception held at the Bulls’ Millbrae clubhouse, with head coach Peter Murchie effusive about the impact the loose-head prop can have during this inaugural season of the new competition.
“He is a player who brings experience from the top-end of the game and the fact he is in the current World Cup squad shows he’s still firing from all cylinders,” said Murchie. “He is an Ayr boy who is loved here, so it’s great for fans to see him come back ahead of the maiden Super 6 season.
“The rest of the squad is piecing together nicely. We are in a good place with recruitment and over the next four to six weeks we will be able to start naming some of the talents we have. I’m excited about the challenge that lies ahead this season”.
Read The Offside Line’s interview with Gordon Reid which will be online soon.