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Alex Dunbar rejects rivals to sign new two-year deal at Glasgow Warriors

Alex Dunbar admits he turned down rival offers to commit himself to Glasgow.

The Scotland centre has become the latest Warrior to sign up to the Dave Rennie revolution after penning a two-year extension to his Scotstoun deal.

Key figures like Stuart Hogg, Tommy Seymour, Henry Pyrgos and Tim Swinson have already pledged themselves to the club.

And Dunbar - who has joined up with Scotland ahead of their RBS 6 Nations opener with Ireland on Saturday - admits it was the lure of a bright future under Rennie which convinced him to reject a move away.

New Zealander Rennie will take over the reins at Warriors this summer when current boss Gregor Townsend replaces the outgoing Scotland head coach Vern Cotter.

Dunbar, 26, explained: "There was interest and stuff there but at the time I just focused on my rugby and left everything else to my agent.

"Did I ever think about those options? I don't know. There were people talking about it but I was just concentrating on my game.

"I was so disappointed to have missed a lot of last year through injury that I just wanted to get back to enjoying my rugby again and playing regularly.

"Here at Glasgow we have a very ambitious squad that is improving.

"There have been other guys signing on too like Tommy, Hoggy, Swino and Henry, so it was good that they signed up early and committed themselves to the club.

"We are playing well so a lot of boys were happy to stay and keep developing.

"Dave will come in and find a settled squad. There are also a lot of young boys coming through like Ali Price, while Finn Russell is playing well too. So that is a good thing for the new coaches.

"If we can build on that and perhaps recruit a few boys we can look to push on to greater things.

"The way the squad is playing right now was also a massive factor in my decision.

"We are a lot more competitive and have pushed on in Europe. It's a great place to be.

"I also think it will be good with Dave Rennie, Jason O'Halloran and Jonathan Humphreys taking over this summer.

"They will push us on, do different things and change our way a bit. They can take us to a new level."


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