Glasgow centre duo re-sign

Date published: February 7 2017

Glasgow have announced that Sam Johnson and Nick Grigg have signed respective two-year and one-year deal extensions at the PRO12 club.

The news comes a day after it was announced that Scotland centre Huw Jones will arrive at Scotstoun next season, while last week Scotland centre Alex Dunbar signed a new two-year contract with the club.

Australia-born Johnson arrived from the Reds in 2015 and has gone on to play 21 times for the Warriors.

The 23-year-old has been a regular in the Warriors squad this season, playing ten times and starting Glasgow’s crucial wins against Connacht, Leinster, Leicester Tigers and Racing 92.

“I’m loving my time at the club and I’m happy to continue my development in Glasgow for two more years,” he told glasgowwarriors.org.

“I definitely wanted to stay and Dave Rennie was a major factor. The way Glasgow have performed lately it’s definitely the best choice for me to stay for my own personal development.

“We’re selling out the stadium every week and more and more people are getting excited about the club and where it’s going and we’ve qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup for the first time. If we continue down that road anything is possible for this club.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to play most of the European games inside Alex (Dunbar) and I get so much confidence playing with him.

“I’m looking forward to working with Dave Rennie next season. The Chiefs have been really successful since he’s been there, so if he can bring that flair and continue that attack side of things I think that will help me develop.

“We’ve got huge games coming up starting with the Scarlets on Friday night. It’s a really important time and we’ve got to continue the hard work on the pitch.”

Like his team-mate, Grigg has enjoyed a run of games in the Glasgow first team this year and scored against Treviso and was named Man of the Match against Zebre in Italy.

The 24-year-old signed his first professional contract last year after coming through the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy.

New Zealand-born Grigg has played 11 times for the club and has represented Scotland 7s.

He was called up to train with the Scotland squad ahead of the 2016 Autumn International Series.

“I’m pretty excited to see what the future holds for me for the rest of this season and next season and I’m stoked to get an extended deal from the club,” he said.

“The competition pushes us on and all the centres stick together and try and perform the best we can for the club on the field.

“I get along well with Jason (O’Halloran) and I enjoyed working with him when I was training with Scotland in November, so hopefully we’ll work well together next season.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend added: “Sam (Johnson) and Nick (Grigg) have played a good amount of rugby this season and have done really well when they’ve been given the opportunity.

“They are familiar playing with each other, having done so at Stirling County last year and for the Warriors this season.

“They work really hard and are keen to learn and it is great that they’ve both committed their futures to the club.”

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