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Warriors announce double signing

Published 28/04/2015

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend, pictured, has clinched the signings of Sam Johnson and Greg Peterson
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend, pictured, has clinched the signings of Sam Johnson and Greg Peterson

Glasgow Warriors have boosted their squad for next season after signing Australian centre Sam Johnson and United States international Greg Peterson.

Queensland Reds back Johnson and Leicester lock Peterson have penned two-year deals with the Guinness Pro12 leaders, subject to visas and medicals.

Johnson, 21, played both union and league before joining Reds in 2013 and has made two Super Rugby appearances since being promoted to their first-team squad last year.

Looking ahead to joining up with Gregor Townsend's side, he said: "I'm excited about working with the coaches at Glasgow and I've heard a lot of good things about the club and the city.

"Glasgow play free flowing rugby and I really like the way they attack, which is a bit different to typical European teams and defensively their structure is second to none.

"I've been watching the European Rugby Champions Cup this season and I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to test myself at that level against some of the best teams in the world. "

Peterson, 24, was born in Australia but qualifies for the USA courtesy of his American grandfather and will replace retiring Warriors skipper Al Kellock.

The towering forward has three caps for the United States and has also represented Australia Under-20s.

Peterson said: " Gregor has given me the opportunity to join Glasgow and I believe I can help the team progress further.

"I've learnt a lot at Leicester about northern hemisphere rugby and I've loved my time there. I've always given 100 per cent and I'll do the same for Glasgow.

"I like the style of rugby Glasgow play and everybody works hard for each other, which is how I think the game should be played.

"Talking to Gregor about the values of the team and the way the team plays almost feels like a perfect fit, so when I get up there I'll grab the opportunity with both hands and show the supporters the kind of player I am."

Townsend added: "Both Sam and Greg will be great additions to our squad next season and we're looking forward to them joining us.

"Sam has played very well since his return from rugby league. He has been a regular for the Reds back-up side this season and his impressive performances have seen him break into the first team.

"He is a strong running ball carrier that can cover both centre positions and we believe that he will continue to improve within our environment.

"Greg has picked up some great experience already in his rugby career and played well for the USA in the November Tests. He is determined to make the most of his opportunity with us.

"He has a real physical presence and hits hard in the tackle. He will give us something different and add to the competition for places in the second-row."

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