Sam Johnson signs new two-year contract
Sam Johnson has signed a new two-year contract with Glasgow Warriors.
The Australian-born centre moved to Glasgow from Super Rugby outfit the Queensland Reds ahead of the 2015/16 season and has gone on to play 42 times for the Warriors.
Johnson will remain at Scotstoun until at least 2021 and his signing follows the news that Tommy Seymour, Stafford McDowall and Oli Kebble all also put pen to paper last week.
The 25-year-old’s varied skill set, on-pitch communication and physicality in both attack and defence has seen him become a regular in Dave Rennie’s starting XV.
His performances during the 2017/18 season saw him recognised by his peers at the end of year awards dinner, voted the Players’ Player of the Season.
Having spent three years in Glasgow, Johnson qualifies for Scotland through residency and was named in a National Squad by Gregor Townsend at the first available opportunity.
He was unlucky to pick up an injury just days after his call-up meaning he missed the 2018 Autumn Internationals.
Johnson is the first of seven re-signings to come out of Scotstoun this week as the club announced they will be announcing a new contract extension every day.
Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org Sam Johnson said: “It was an easy decision for me to make. I’ve fallen in love with the club and the city in my three years here and I’m looking forward to the future.
“I had no idea how long I’d be here for when I first joined but it’s testament to the club that Glasgow now feels like home and I’m excited to be running out at Scotstoun for the next couple of seasons at least.”
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Dave Rennie said: “I’ve been really impressed with Sam in my time with the club. He’s made some real shifts and his work ethic and determination to improve really epitomises what a good man he is.
“On the pitch he’s excellent both sides of the ball, is a really good communicator and has been at the heart of some of our best performances this last couple of years. We’re delighted that he’s sticking around.”