Glasgow Warriors: New Zealand U20 star commits to United Rugby Championship side

Adam Kyriacou
Josh McKay for Glasgow Warriors

Glasgow Warriors have announced that former New Zealand U20 star Josh McKay has agreed a new deal at the United Rugby Championship (URC) side.

McKay, who won the World Rugby U20 Championship with his country in 2017, was in a back three alongside the superb Caleb Clarke and Will Jordan.

A former Highlanders back in Super Rugby, McKay revealed that he is delighted to have re-signed with the Scottish team.

The free-running 25-year-old full-back has grabbed eight tries in 27 matches since joining in November 2021 and admitted it was an “easy” call to sign.

Really easy decision to stay

“In the end it was a really easy decision,” he told Glasgow‘s website.

“I absolutely love the direction in which this club is travelling, and when I sat down and thought about what I want to do over the next couple of years it really aligns with the vision of everyone here at Scotstoun.

“We’ve got the freedom to play and have a go, and playing in the back three that’s exactly what you want to hear – you want to do your bit for the team and help the group excel. It certainly suits the style of rugby I love to play and I’m really excited for what comes next.

“Glasgow’s an awesome city to be a part of too – when I initially moved over from New Zealand, I didn’t really know what to expect, but I’ve absolutely loved getting settled into the city. We live near a lot of the boys and it’s a really good environment in which to live and work.

“First and foremost I want to get back fully fit and firing, so the focus for me now is to get my foot right and then get ready to attack next season. I can’t wait.”

Head coach Franco Smith added: “We’re pleased that Josh has committed his future to us for the next couple of seasons.

McKay is a model professional

“He’s a model professional that brings a great attitude and desire to improve to every training session, and his ability to play on both the wing and at full-back is a real asset to us as a squad.

“He comes to Scotstoun each day with a real drive to be the best version of himself that he can be and we look forward to continuing to work with him over the coming seasons.”

Glasgow are currently preparing for next week’s Challenge Cup final with Toulon and will no doubt be reeling after losing to Munster in the URC quarters.

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