THOMAS Gordon has agreed a new “long-term” contract with Glasgow, joining lock Scott Cumming in pledging his future to the team since the turn of the year. The 23-year-old openside has been with the Warriors since 2018, and although as yet uncapped at senior level was part of Gregor Townsend’s wider Scotland squad in the build-up to last year’s Six Nations.
The new deal is just the latest chapter in a story which for Gordon has consisted of a series of surprises. When he came here on a gap year from his native New Zealand, playing rugby was not a major consideration for him. But, after settling quickly with Currie Chieftains, he quickly began to attract attention from elsewhere.
“My uncle, John Muir, was president of Currie,” Gordon explained yesterday after his new Warriors contract was announced. “I came over to live with my relatives and to work and my intention wasn’t to play rugby. I was going to play when I was here, but it wasn’t the main intention.
“Currie were my first club at the top level in Scotland and I loved playing for them. I wish Currie were in the SuperSix so if I ever was released [by Glasgow] I could play for them.”
When Gordon first signed for the Warriors it was on a partnership deal, which meant he could keep turning out for the Chieftains. But age-group honours soon followed, and his value to Glasgow became increasingly apparent.
He may have been understudy to Callum Gibbins for much of the time over the past couple of seasons, but since the departure of the former club captain last summer he has matured noticeably, according to Warriors coach Danny Wilson. “Tom has really developed in the last six months via opportunities to play week in week out and shown his ability as an out-and-out seven,” Wilson said. “He is a modern seven, who not only defends well and gets over the ball but also carries and offers an attacking presence.
“We asked Tom to focus on his jackal/turnover work and he has done just that, leading the club in turnovers won this season. It’s great to be able to retain Tom’s services for the long Danny Wilson hopes for Leone Nakarawa return next weekend
term and I’m looking forward to watching him continue to develop and grow.”
When Wilson asked Gordon if he would like to extend his stay at Scotstoun, it was a simple decision to make. “Yeah, pretty easy,” the player said. “Danny came to me and I said yes straight away.
“My best mates are at Glasgow. I feel Scotland is my home. I’ve lived my whole adult life in Scotland, so I was very happy to stay.”