TOMMY Seymour announced his international retirement this week, but his Glasgow Warriors career still has a lot of mileage left in it, according to Dave Rennie. Speaking after announcing his team for Saturday’s Champions Cup match with La Rochelle, Rennie said that Seymour, 31, is close to signing a new agreement that will keep him at Scotstoun for some time to come.
“We’ve been in discussions with Tommy about his future: he loves the club, he wants to stay and we want him to be here,” the Warriors head coach said. “There’s a couple of things that need sorted, I’d imagine . . .
“We expect Tommy to be here long-term. We’ll let you know. It’ll come out at some stage.”
Seymour, primarily a winger, has again been selected at full-back for the La Rochelle match and appears increasingly comfortable in the position, which he has occupied in several outings since Stuart Hogg left for Exeter at the end of last season. Rennie acknowledged that one advantage of the 31-year-old’s decision to call time on his Scotland career is that his versatility and experience will be available to Glasgow over the Six Nations period when they tend to lose most of their first-choice 15.
“Yeah, it’s great from that perspective, to have someone of his experience around at a time when we’re often missing players,” the coach added. “He’s really enthusiastic about playing 15 – it’s a different role for him and has got him out of his comfort zone a little bit, but not too dissimilar to wing. He gets a lot more ball in his hands, so he’s thriving on that.”
Leone Nakarawa would also be useful during the Six Nations, should Glasgow manage to agree a deal to bring him back to the club, as Jonny Gray and Scott Cummings are likely to be absent on Scotland duty. Asked for an update on negotiations with the Fijian lock, Rennie was non-committal.
“I’ve had a conversation with him, like half the world I imagine, but there’s nothing to confirm yet. He’s tight with the club, he’s got a lot of history here and he’s a hell of a player. There are a lot of options for him, so we’ll see how that plays out. We can’t confirm anything at this stage.
“Once we have certainty we’ll announce something. We’ve spoken and put our best foot forward, like a lot of clubs I imagine. We’ll see what pans out from there.”
**Warriors players and staff will be making a donation to their local foodbank in Whiteinch ahead of today’s game, and are also encouraging supporters who attend the match to bring items with them. There will be collection points outside the Main Stand reception and at the North West gate.
“We’re hoping, with 7,000 people, we get 7,000 items,” Rennie said. “Most people will bring multiple stuff in. It’s a really worthy cause.”
For full details see the Warriors website: www.glasgowwarriors.org.