Ayr loosehead prop Gordon Reid joins Glasgow Warriors

Loosehead prop Gordn Reid
Prop Reid will provide front-row options for the Warriors

Glasgow Warriors have strengthened their squad for next season by signing Ayr loosehead prop Gordon Reid.

The 24-year-old trained with the club during the campaign just ended and made his Magners League debut off the bench against Ospreys on 5 March.

"We've had a good chance to get to know Gordon when he's been training with us," said Warriors coach Sean Lineen.

"There's no doubt that the necessary ability and desire are there for him to progress and do well for this club."

Reid's chance in the professional ranks follows that of Melrose's talented stand-off and captain Scott Wight, who signed for the Warriors on Thursday having led the Greenyards outfit to trophy success in season 2010/11.

Centre Troy Nathan, wing Tommy Seymour and tight-head prop Michael Cusack have all also signed for next season, while Graeme Morrison and DTH van der Merwe have agreed contract extensions.

"He's impressed the coaches and the squad not only with the technical aspects of his game, which are all very sound, but with the determination that he has to keep improving as a player," added Lineen of his new prop.

"That approach is going to stand him in very good stead as he finds his feet in the professional game, and we'll be giving him all the support he needs to hit the ground running and perform to the level we're confident he can reach."

Reid, a Scotland Under-20 cap, said: "I'm delighted to have been given this chance by Glasgow, and I'd like to thank Sean and the other coaches for the faith that they've shown in me.

"My task now is to work as hard as I possibly can to prove my worth and make the most of the opportunity."

Meanwhile, Hefin O'Hare has joined Aly Muldowney, Kevin Tkachuk, James Eddie, Richie Vernon, Bernardo Stortoni and Max Evans on his way out of Warriors.

O'Hare, a Glasgow player since 2005/06, has announced that he is leaving to pursue a new career in chartered surveying.

Lineen paid tribute to his contribution to the Warriors, saying: "Hef has been the heart and soul of the Glasgow team.

"Every time he turns up to train or play, he's been full on, and he's got a great physicality to his game.

"To have a man like that who expected high standards was fantastic for the club, and we'll miss him around the place."

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