In the week that Glasgow Warriors prepare for the big city derby with near neighbours Edinburgh, their joint top try scorer this season, Tommy Seymour, has signed a new deal which will see him stay on at Scotstoun until at least the summer of 2015.
The US-born winger, who this season was called up for his first involvement in the Scotland squad, signed from Ulster Rugby in 2011, going on to make 14 appearances and notching two tries in his first season with the Warriors.
A hard-running back with great aerial skills and handling ability, the 24-year-old has become a rock solid performer for the Warriors with the happy knack of finding the try-line.
This season, Seymour recorded back-to-back doubles against Treviso and Dragons to add to a try against his former club Ulster on the opening day of the season. He leads the Warriors current try tally table with fellow winger DTH van der Merwe.
He said: “I said when I joined Glasgow that it was a little like coming home because of the family connection and I’m really settled here. The way the squad and team are developing is a massive factor in staying on because the players and coaches here do believe that we’re building towards something special.
“It’s an exciting place to be at the moment and even though the results don’t always go your way, we know we’re headed in the right direction.
“The game against Edinburgh this Friday at Scotstoun is massive for us as a club, not just because of the intensity of the rivalry, but for our season and for our position in the league it’s vital we do everything we can to pick up points.
“I came here to play regular rugby and to get that call-up to the Scotland squad was a real vindication of the hard work though I know, given the talent that is now in the Warriors squad, that I have to keep at it and keep trying to get better.”
Seymour boasts a rich and varied backstory, having been born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee before moving to Northern Ireland via a spell in Dubai, where his father was based for work. He qualifies for Scotland through his mother, who was born in Glasgow.
There are still tickets available for the 1872 Cup clash with Edinburgh Rugby with the first leg taking place at Scotstoun Stadium this Friday (21 December, kick-off 7.35pm)