Hart signs for Glasgow

Date published: March 17 2015

Glasgow Warriors have completed the signing of Edinburgh scrum-half Grayson Hart, who has signed a two-year contract subject to a medical.

The 26-year-old will move to Glasgow during the off-season to bolster the scrum-half roster and will be at Scotstoun Stadium until at least May 2017.

Hart joined Edinburgh from Super Rugby side the Waratahs in 2013 and scored a try on his debut against Ulster, after coming off the bench at Ravenhill.

The New Zealand-born number nine has gone on to make 24 appearances for the PRO12 outfit, scoring five tries during his time with Edinburgh.

He played for New Zealand U20s in 2008's Junior World Championship, where he kept current All Black Aaron Smith on the bench throughout the event.

Hart qualifies to play for Scotland through his Glasgow-born grandmother and was called up to the Scotland squad for last year's June international tour.

Hart was close to signing with Glasgow in 2012, before the club secured Niko Matawalu, and boss Gregor Townsend says he's delighted to sign him.

"I was really impressed with Grayson when I first saw him when he was with the Waratahs in 2011/12. The following year we were in discussions with him about signing with the Warriors but he stayed in Australia, before moving to Edinburgh the following year," revealed Townsend.

"He's a scrum-half with a wide range of skills and I believe he will bring something different to our squad next season, competing with Henry (Pyrgos) and the other scrum-halves for the number nine jersey.

"He is in great physical shape, plays rugby with his head up and has a very good passing game. He will be another excellent addition to our group and I believe he will continue to improve within our environment."

Hart said: "I'm really looking forward to working with Gregor (Townsend) and the other coaches at Scotstoun next season and competing for my place in the team.

"I've enjoyed the last couple of years in Edinburgh, but this is a new challenge for me, working with a different group of boys.

"I like the way Glasgow play and I feel their style of rugby will really suit my game.

"This is a great opportunity for me to continue to develop and improve as a rugby player in what looks like a great environment to be a part of.

"I'm excited about moving through to Glasgow in the summer, but at the moment I'm fully focused on trying to help Edinburgh finish in the top six."