Glasgow Warriors: Academy quartet sign professional deals

Zander Fagerson has signed his first professional contract
Zander Fagerson has signed his first professional contract

Glasgow Warriors quartet Zander Fagerson, D'arcy Rae, Fergus Scott and Glenn Bryce have signed their first professional contracts with the club.

Prop forwards Fagerson and Rae have signed two-year deals from the start of next season.

Hooker Scott and full-back Bryce have both secured one-year contracts that tie them to Gregor Townsend's Warriors until at least May 2016.

All four players are members of the Scottish Rugby Academy.

Fagerson, 19, made his Glasgow bow from the bench during a 40-23 victory over Treviso in Italy.

He was invited to train with Vern Cotter's Scotland squad during the autumn Tests and last month scored the winning try for the national Under-20 side in a Six Nations match against Wales.

Fagerson was also named man of the match against Italy as the junior Scots won 45-0 at Netherdale.

He told the Warriors website: "This is a fantastic opportunity for me to continue my development.

"The last few months have been an incredible learning curve for me and, now I've signed this deal, I'm determined to work hard and make the most of the chance I've been given."

Rae, 20, was loaned to Treviso in December, making four appearances for the Pro12 strugglers.

Full-back Glenn Bryce in action against Zebre
Full-back Glenn Bryce joins his older brother in signing a professional contract

He returned to Scotstoun during February and made his Glasgow debut as a substitute in the 22-10 defeat by Munster but has since rejoined the Italians for the remainder of the season.

Rae said: "Playing for Benetton Treviso is a great experience for me and I'm happy to have returned to Italy until the end of the season.

"I've been made to feel very welcome in Treviso and, by extending my loan period, it will hopefully enable me to continue to get regular game time at a high level, before returning to Glasgow in the summer."

Scott, 22, has still to make his competitive Glasgow debut, having joined the academy in 2012.

He said: "This is a big opportunity for me and my aim is to work hard and compete with the other hookers at the club."

Bryce, whose older brother, Kevin, also plays for Warriors, has three Glasgow appearances, most recently as a replacement during Friday's 26-5 win over Zebre.

He said: "Hopefully I can force my way into contention for regular game-time next season, but I know I'll have to work very hard to achieve this."

Head coach Townsend added: "All four players have come through our Academy system and have done really well this season.

"It's important that we continue to develop our younger players and these three follow the likes of Finn Russell, Jonny Gray and Adam Ashe in signing professional contracts with us."

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