SCOTT CUMMINGS says it was a straightforward decision to sign a two-year contract extension with his hometown club, which will keep the Scotland international second-row on the books at Scotstoun until at least the summer of 2026.
The 27-year-old joins fellow international forwards Jamie Bhatti and Johnny Matthews in re-committing to Warriors, and by the time his new deal is up, he will have spent a decade in the club’s senior squad, having made his professional debut against Scarlets in the opening match of the 2015-16 campaign.
A product of Kelvinside Academy, Cummings cut his teeth in senior rugby playing in the Premiership with Glasgow Hawks, before earning his first professional deal in the summer of 2016. He made his 100th appearances for the club against the Dragons last April, and is in line to win his 34th cap for Scotland in Saturday’s Six Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff, having previously skippered the national team at under-20s level.
“Representing this club means a lot to me,” said Cummings “It’s the club I’ve been a supporter of ever since I was a boy, so every chance I get to represent this team is special.
“It’s a great group to be a part of right now. We’ve got a great group of guys that train hard together and work towards putting good performances out on the weekend. There’s huge competition for places within the squad and a number of great young players breaking into the team now as well, which is pushing us all on to represent the team the best we can.
“Our ambition as a club is to win silverware. Getting to experience the [Guinness PRO14] final at Celtic Park in 2019 and then the [Challenge Cup] final in Dublin last year confirmed that those are the games that we want to be involved in, the big matches at the end of each season. We want to push on, take that next step and give everything for this club.”
Warriors head coach Franco Smith added: “To be a great team we must first have a great squad, and we are extremely pleased to retain a second-rower of Scott’s calibre for at least the next couple of seasons.
“He has developed into a real leader within our squad, both through his work around our set-piece and his performances on the field, and he is someone who is highly passionate about representing his hometown club.
“We firmly believe that there is still more to come from Scott, and we look forward to continuing to work closely with him over the coming years.”