McDowall relishing competition for places
Glasgow Warriors centre Stafford McDowall is looking forward to building on a stellar 2018/19 campaign, as pre-season preparations continue at Scotstoun.
The 21-year-old caught the eye of the Scotland selectors following a series of impressive performances in the Warriors’ midfield, touching down twice in 12 appearances last term as part of a scintillating Glasgow back division.
Having also helped Ayr to a league and cup double, McDowall now has his sights set on staking his claim to a regular place in the starting lineup.
“There’s potentially a bit more of an opportunity to get some game time at the start of the season, with our international boys being away,” he told glasgowwarriors.org.
“Hopefully I’ll get a few minutes in our opening few games, but I’m not looking too far ahead right now.”
McDowall’s focus is currently on getting into peak physical condition ahead of the new campaign, with Dave Rennie and his coaching staff putting the squad through their paces both at Scotstoun and further afield. A pre-season camp in Aberdeen has been the latest landmark in a busy off-season, yet the Dumfries native still found time to enjoy some well-earned downtime following last season’s exploits.
“I went to Krakow for four days and then had a bit of time chilling out at home, which was good,” said McDowall.
“I also got away to Greece for a week right at the end of our break, so it’s been a good bit of time off.”
The centre will, like his team-mates, be looking to be amongst those selected for the upcoming pre-season fixtures at home and away to Ulster as the Warriors continue to tune up ahead of the new Guinness PRO14 campaign. A host of new faces have arrived at Scotstoun over the course of the summer to date, yet McDowall is welcoming the looming selection battle.
“There’s a lot of competition for places in the squad at the moment,” he admitted.
“A lot of
boys are putting their hands up - the academy boys and the guys from the 7s
squad have brought a lot of energy and we’re all constantly pushing each other