McDonald commits future to Glasgow Warriors

McDonald commits future to Glasgow Warriors

Kiran McDonald has become the latest player to pledge his immediate future to Glasgow Warriors ahead of the 2020/21 season, as the squad continues to take shape ahead of the new campaign.

The deal – agreed prior to the COVID-19 lockdown – will see the 25-year-old remain at Scotstoun until at least the summer of 2022, becoming the 17th player to re-sign with the club for Danny Wilson’s first full campaign in charge.

Having made his debut in a 47-6 victory away to the Ospreys in November 2017, McDonald has pulled on a Glasgow Warriors shirt on 24 occasions to date.

The 6’8” second-rower produced a series of barnstorming displays at the beginning of 2019/20, claiming McCrea Financial Services Warrior of the Month award for October after catching the eye of fans and pundits alike.

McDonald was presented with the award following November’s 50-0 triumph over the Southern Kings at Scotstoun, a landmark occasion for the Glasgow native; in addition to the monthly award, he also capped his 25th birthday in style by turning in a player-of-the-match-winning display in front of the Warrior Nation.

“It feels great to be staying on,” McDonald told glasgowwarriors.org.

“A couple of years ago I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with me rugby-wise, so to now be going into my fourth year at the club is amazing.

“Glasgow’s my hometown – the Warriors have been part of my life for a while now, and it’s a privilege to be a part of something that means so much to the community and the city. It’s a great place to play rugby; the coaches give you every opportunity to show what you can do, and it’s a great bunch of lads to play rugby and hang about with.

“I had a really good start to the season and had a really good run of games – I probably played the best rugby I’ve ever played, so I want to pick up where I left off.

“I’m excited to get back out there. Danny [Wilson]’s vision for the club is one I’m really excited about, and I can’t wait to show what I can do on the pitch.”

Head Coach Danny Wilson was pleased to secure the second-rower’s services with the new deal, as preparations continue for August’s double-header with Edinburgh at BT Murrayfield.

“I’ve been watching Kiran’s development for a while now in my previous role with Scotland, and I’ve been really impressed by the strides he’s taken in the last year or so,” said the Glasgow boss.

“He had a tremendous start to the 2019/20 season and was in excellent form before his injury. He does some great work at the lineout and carries hard, and brings a real edge to the pack.

“His potential is very exciting – I know he can still develop even further, and I’m looking forward to working with him.”

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