Nick Campbell, a born and bred Glaswegian, today pledged his future to his hometown club, signing a new deal at Glasgow Warriors that will see him turn fully professional at the end of 2012.
The 22-year-old has been part of the club’s Elite Development group for the past two seasons, and will continue in the programme for the first part of the coming campaign before moving to a full pro-contract.
The lock forward will thus follow in the footsteps of Stuart Hogg and Finlay Gillies, both of whom have emerged from the Elite Development programme to claim full contracts this season.
Campbell has already made a positive impression in the Warriors first XV, scoring a crucial try in the historic away win over reigning European champions Leinster in the RDS last September and registering a further five RaboDirect PRO12 appearances up to now.
This fresh contract will allow Campbell to maintain and enhance his lifelong link with the game in the west of Scotland.
The 6ft 7in customer received his grounding at Allan Glen’s, Cartha Queens Park and Glasgow Hawks, before coming into the Warriors fold in the summer of 2010.
Campbell today declared himself “delighted” to be prolonging his attachment to the club, telling www.glasgowwarriors.org: “As a proud Glasgow boy, it was always my ambition to represent the region as a professional player, and I’ve loved every minute of my involvement so far.
“It’s fantastic to know I’ll be here next season to hopefully play my part in helping the team build on what has been a really positive campaign to date.
“I’ve learned a massive amount from training and playing alongside quality second rows like Al Kellock, Richie Gray, Tom Ryder and Rob Verbakel, and with [current Newcastle Falcons Player of the Season] Tim Swinson also coming into the mix next season, there’s sure to be great competition for places again.”
Head coach Sean Lineen said: “In the games he’s had in the RaboDirect PRO12, Nick has shown he has the potential to develop into a very capable player for Glasgow Warriors.
“He’s always keen to learn and take advice on board, and he’s also a Glasgow lad through and through. He knows what it means to pull on that black and blue shirt and that’s massively important in terms of the culture we’re encouraging here.”
Warriors Elite Development coach Iain Monaghan said: “I’m really pleased for Nick that he will have the opportunity to continue to progress with Glasgow.
“He has come on significantly as a player in the last two seasons, and we’ll continue to support and challenge him to make sure he moves forward in the same vein.”
The Warriors’ bid to reach the RaboDirect PRO12 play-offs continues with a game against Munster in Cork this Saturday (kick-off 7.15pm, live on BBC ALBA).
We’re giving supporters the chance to save money, time and hassle as they savour one of the biggest days in Glasgow rugby history, Saturday 5 May.
There’s a feast of top class rugby and enjoyment on offer throughout the city, with the first day of the Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s taking place at Scotstoun Stadium, followed by the play-off chasing Warriors’ huge RaboDirect PRO12 game against Connacht at Firhill.
Warriors fans can not only back their own team in their quest for the semi-finals, but get a taste of what will be the club’s new playing base of next season.
We’ve put together a super saver joint ticket package covering these two great events, and are giving fans the option of including a bus transfer from Scotstoun to Firhill, where the Warriors match will kick-off at 7.30pm.
See www.glasgowwarriors.org or call 0844 800 3490 for more information and to book.