Brian Alainu’uese admits he has had to pinch himself since becoming a fans’ favourite at Glasgow Warriors in recent months.
The second-row signed a two year deal with the Scotstoun outfit on Tuesday, subject to a visa, having impressed since arriving in Scotland back in October.
Alainu’uese said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time in Glasgow. I’ve extended my contract for two years and I’m excited for what lies ahead.
“There is a lot of competition within the squad and I’ve learnt a lot from the other second-rows at the club.
“I have to pinch myself when the supporters chant my name, I’ve never had that before and that gets me going and keeps me playing hard for the team and the fans.
“It’ll be good to work with Dave Rennie again next season, but at the moment I’m just focusing on Gregor Townsend and Dan McFarland and doing what they want me to do.”
The 23-year-old joined the Warriors from New Zealand Mitre Cup side Waikato.
He has gone on to make 15 appearances for the club and was named the Guinness PRO12 Man of the Match in the 47-17 win over the Dragons last month.
The New Zealand-born second-row is a product of Wesley College in Auckland and made two appearances for Dave Rennie’s Chiefs in Super Rugby last season.
Glasgow Warriors Head Coach Gregor Townsend stated: “Brian has fitted in really well since joining us earlier this season.
“He has made a number of improvements both physically and in his set piece play, and he played well during the 6 Nations window.
“We believe that there is a lot more to come from him and we’re delighted that he’ll continue his development at Scotstoun over the next two years.”
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