Academy trio sign Glasgow Warriors contracts

Glasgow Warriors have been handed a boost with the news that three Academy players have signed professional contracts with the club.Scott Cummimngs has signed a three-year deal

Scotland under-20 captain Scott Cummings has signed a three-year deal, while hooker James Malcolm has signed for two years and centre Nick Grigg has penned a one-year contract.
 
They are the latest Stage 3 players to graduate from the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy, after scrum-half Ali Price signed his first professional contract with the club last year.

Second-row Cummings has signed a deal keeping him at Scotstoun until at least May 2019.
 
The 19-year-old, who went to Kelvinside Academy, made his debut for the Warriors against the Scarlets in the season opener and has gone on to make nine appearances for the club. He scored his first try for the Warriors in the 33-32 win over Connacht in September.

Glasgow-born Cummings was named captain of Scotland under-20s for their Six Nations tournament this year, leading his side to a historic 24-6 win over England - Scotland's first over England at under-20 level - in the opening game, where he also scored a try.

He represented Scotland in all five under-20s fixtures in the Six Nations last year, starting against France and Wales.

Cummings plays for Glasgow Hawks in the BT Premiership, the club in which he played his junior rugby, and has represented Glasgow at all age-grades.

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Cummings said: “I was thrilled when I found out Glasgow wanted to sign me on a professional deal.
 
“The fact it’s a three-year deal is a big honour because it means I can commit my future to the club and play here for many years to come.
 
“My goal at the start of the season was to play as much rugby as possible and I was delighted to play so much as I wasn’t expecting it.

"I'm really looking forward to the next three years at Scotstoun."

James Malcolm has signed a two-year dealMalcolm has penned a two-year deal which means he'll be staying with the Warriors until at least May 2018.
 
The Glasgow-born 21-year-old has been a member of the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy for the last two years and has made 11 appearances for the club this season, following his debut in the win over Cardiff Blues in November 2015.
 
He scored his first try for the club on his first start against the Scarlets in the European Rugby Champions Cup win at Scotstoun in December 2015.
 
Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, James Malcolm said: “I’m delighted to progress through the Academy and make that step into the pro team, to really push on in my career.

“Playing against the Scarlets in my first start in December came at a great time for me and I was glad I was able to take that opportunity.

“To have guys like Pat (MacArthur) and Fraser (Brown) around with Corey Flynn coming in next season as well, that’s going to really help me grow as a player."

Grigg has committed to the Scotstoun-based side until May 2017.
 
The centre, who joined the Academy in pre-season having signed from Petone RFC in New Zealand, made his debut for the Warriors coming off the bench in the 12-6 win over Leinster last Friday.Nick Grigg has signed a one-year contract
 
The 23-year-old has played in the World Rugby Sevens Series for Scotland 7s in Wellington and Sydney as well as featuring for Stirling County in the BT Premiership.
 
Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Nick Grigg said: “Joining the Academy was an awesome experience and I’m delighted to sign my first professional contract.
 
“Training with the team has been great and my stint with Scotland 7s has really helped my transition from rugby back home to here, in Glasgow.
 
“I came over here knowing that I needed to work hard and I’ve had lots of great opportunities.
 
“My Grandad is from Ayrshire so my family back home are very proud of my accomplishments so far.”
 
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "All three have done really well to earn professional contracts and we're delighted they're staying in Glasgow.

“We’re delighted to secure Scott (Cummings) on a long-term contract and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue to develop with the Warriors over the next few years.

"Scott played very well in the early part of the season and really grabbed his opportunity to play at a higher level.

"James (Malcolm) has also stepped up this season and played well in a number of games for us. He has an excellent attitude and will work hard to continue to improve as a full-time professional.

"He will compete with - and learn from - Corey, Fraser and Pat next season.

"Nick (Grigg) has had a great season with Stirling and made real progress on the physical and skill elements of his game.

"He did very well when he came on against Leinster last Friday and he has earned the opportunity to continue his development at Scotstoun.

"With Scott, James and Nick all earning professional contracts, that brings the total number of academy players graduating to full professional contracts up to 11 within the last couple of years.

"I’d like to acknowledge the excellent work of the staff in the Glasgow/West BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy, who work extremely hard to prepare our best young players on their journey to become Warriors."

Written by
Jeremy Bone