TOM LAMBERT has graduated from an academy contract to a full-time deal at Glasgow Warriors. The length of time he has signed up for is a secret because it is Scottish Rugby policy to divulge as little information as possible to member clubs and paying customers.
The 20-year-old Australian-born and Scottish-qualified loose-head prop has impressed for Danny Wilson‘s side since making his debut off the bench in the 14th minute of the loss to Benetton at the start of this Rainbow Cup campaign. He then played 41 minutes after Oli Kebble‘s sending-off in the first leg of the Warriors’ double-header against Edinburgh, and started the return tie eight days later.
Lambert first came onto the Scottish rugby radar via the national under-20s side during the 2020 Six Nations campaign, and he made the switch from Sydney University to the Scottish Rugby Academy last summer.
“I’ve been really enjoying my time at Glasgow,” he said. “Coming from Australia at the start of the season, the boys have made the transition really easy. It’s an awesome club, a really good group with great values that like to train really hard on the pitch and have a laugh together off it.
“This season I’ve done a lot of work with Danny [Wilson] and the coaches on my game to ensure when I got my opportunity, I would be able to hold my own in the scrums and set piece. They have given me a really good lead-in to professional rugby, and I feel like I’m in a good place to kick on and continue to keep pushing for selection.
“I’m really hungry to play more rugby – I’ve had a taste of what it is like to play for Glasgow this season and my main focus now is to keep playing and competing for my place in the 23.
“Overall, I’m just excited to be turning professional with the club. I’ve started to build a life for myself here in Glasgow and I’m excited to see what the future holds.”
Wilson praised Lambert’s work ethic in pushing himself up the pecking order at Warriors this season.
“Tom has really proved himself in recent weeks,” he said. “He’s a good, young prospect who’s been willing to put in the hard work off the pitch throughout the season to develop his game and has earned the opportunities he’s had against Edinburgh and Benetton.
“It’s great to see another academy member turn professional and we looking forward to seeing more of him in a Glasgow jersey next season.”