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.”