Barclay is surprised by Scots call
John Barclay admits he feared his Scotland career had been killed off for a second time after missing out on last year's World Cup.
Five months on, though, his international prospects have been given another reprieve after being named in the Scots' squad preparing for Saturday's RBS Six Nations opener with England.
Barclay, 29, said: "It's good to be back even though I'm a bit surprised to be honest.
"I haven't been in much contact with Scotland since the World Cup, there have been a few phone calls and text messages to update them on my injuries.
"Having missed out on the World Cup I did think that might be it for me with Scotland. I hadn't been involved for a while before the World Cup.
"But I know Vern (coach Cotter) is a fair guy so if you are playing well then you get picked. I try to be philosophical, I just tried to play well for my club but when Vern called me up I was quite surprised, if delighted.
"I didn't even know when the squad was going to be announced but that's just my mindset, I do my own thing and the reality is if you do that well enough then you will get picked. If you don't do well enough then you don't get picked.
"I'm desperate to play for Scotland. I'm massively motivated to play for Scotland and I believe I have a lot to offer at this level."