Horne’s Glasgow contract extended until 2019

George Horne’s contract with Glasgow Warriors has been extended until May 2019.George Horne will be staying at Glasgow Warriors until at least May 2019

The 22-year-old scrum-half has hit the ground running in his first year as a professional, scoring eight tries in 16 appearances for the club.

Last season he made three appearances off the bench as a BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Stage 3 player.

He was named Man of the Match following the wins over Zebre and Southern Kings in the Guinness PRO14 and this season was voted the McCrea Financial Services Warrior of the Month in November and January.

Last season George spent time on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series circuit and was part of the Scotland squad that won the Cup Final in London after being named in the Dream Team at the Paris tournament a week earlier.

Horne has also represented Scotland up to U20s age grade level and when he isn’t playing for the Warriors runs out for Glasgow Hawks in the BT Premiership.

Speaking exclusively to Warriors TV George Horne said: “I’m delighted to be staying at Scotstoun. Growing up I always wanted to play for Glasgow Warriors and to get a good chance this season has been a lot of fun and I can’t wait for next year now.

“I was targeting the November and 6 Nations periods for game-time this season, but I’ve been fortunate that the coaches have rewarded performances in training and it’s been great to get so many minutes under my belt.

“Mike Blair has really helped me this season and it’s been really positive, but there are areas of my game I need to work on and hopefully I can continue to do that.

“I’m just taking it one game at a time. My main goal at the moment is to get as many minutes under my belt as possible and contribute well to the team.”

Glasgow Warriors head coach, Dave Rennie said: “It's brilliant that George is staying with us next season. I think he has been excellent this season and we'd expect him to get better and better.

"We need real depth in all positions and we're pretty fortunate with the scrum-halves we have.

"George is a rare breed who can run all day and run at pace. He suits our game, he gets to the break-down really quickly and has an ability to get a second touch and anticipate breaks, which has resulted in a lot of tries for him.

"He still has a lot to work on and he's fortunate we've got some very good nines who work together to develop each others games, but he's certainly put a lot of pressure on the more experienced players and he's got a lot of starts because of it."