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Glasgow boosted by Maitland arrival

Scotland-qualified back Sean Maitland is eager to make a strong start after arriving at Glasgow Warriors.

The 24-year-old, who plays wing or full-back, signed a two-and-a-half year deal last month after leaving Canterbury Super Rugby franchise the Crusaders.

Former New Zealand Under-20 international Maitland told the Warriors website: "I really want to hit the ground running with the Warriors but I know that I've got a lot of work to do to get into this team. There is a really strong side being put together here at Scotstoun and the competition for places is immense. It's a sign of the ambition and I want to play my part in that."

Maitland, who qualifies for Scotland courtesy of his grandparents, added: "I have a lot of strong family connections with Scotland so the chance to live and play in Glasgow is a very exciting opportunity.

"I'm aware that people have already talked about representing national teams but my focus is on performing well for the Warriors and if that leads to other opportunities, that will be a bonus."

Maitland made his Crusaders debut in 2008 and scored 24 tries in the competition, including four in one game in 2011 to equal the single-match record.

He has joined the Glasgow Warriors on a deal which will see him stay with the club until at least May 2015.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "It's great to welcome Sean to Scotstoun and have him on board as we enter a crucial stage of the season. We've got some big games coming up, starting this Friday at Munster, and this is a great boost for the club.

"We know the quality Sean brings, his scoring record in Super Rugby speaks for itself, but he knows he has to earn his place in the team as we have a lot of quality in the back division here.

"I'll be looking for him to work hard in training and earn the chance to show the supporters what he's all about."


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