Glasgow Warriors today further strengthened their playing pool ahead of next season by awarding one-year deals to exciting young Scottish backs George Horne and Paddy Kelly.
Horne, traditionally a scrum-half but with an ability to play outside and Kelly, a centre, have impressed the Scotstoun hierarchy sufficiently to earn professional deals ahead of Dave Rennie’s imminent arrival as Head Coach in the summer.
After the news was announced, Horne told his club’s website: “We’ve been in the academy for a couple of years now, so it’s good to take that next step up and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“It was good to go and play with Scotland 7s. It was a different experience playing at a higher level, seeing some of the world and playing against some top guys. It has helped me and given me confidence going into the professional set-up and playing 15s.”
And echoing his teammate’s sentiments, Kelly added: “On the back of Scotland U20 we both joined the academy and although George was the season before me at London Scottish we’ve taken similar paths and it’s really good to go professional together.
“The academy is doing brilliantly, there has a been a good few years of players taking the next step and that reflects really well on the academy. We have learnt a lot and there is a good group of boys and coaches there as well.”
Kelly’s signing will help to offset the departure of injured centre Mark Bennett, whilst it is expected that Horne will compete with Ali Price and Henry Pyrgos as one of three scrum-halves at the club for 2017/18.