Gray returns to Glasgow Warriors on two-year deal

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Scotland international Richie Gray will return to Glasgow Warriors ahead of the 2020-21 season, the club announced on Thursday.

The second-rower, who began his career with the Warriors and re-joins from French Top14 champions Toulouse on a two-year deal, marks the first signing by incoming head coach Danny Wilson.

The 30-year-old made 47 appearances over four years in his first spell at the club before departing in 2012. He will finish this season at Toulouse before making the move.

At international level, Gray has won 55 caps for Scotland, but he was not selected in his country’s Six Nations squad on Wednesday due to a head injury. He has also represented the British and Irish Lions.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be coming back to Glasgow,” Gray said. “It’s great to be bringing my family back home, and also to come back to the club where it all began for me. It’s certainly something very exciting for me.

“My focus until the end of the season is fully on Toulouse — I want to try and add a couple more titles to this club’s trophy cabinet. I’ve learnt a lot and gained a lot of experience, and been part of a successful side over the last couple of years. I want to bring that experience back to Glasgow and win titles with the Warriors.”

Coach Wilson added: “During my conversations with Richie it was clear he was very passionate about the club, and he’ll be an excellent addition to our squad.

“Richie is our first new signing for next season following the announcement of a number of renewals recently, and we hope to be able to make further announcements in relation to next season’s squad over the coming weeks.”

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