Glasgow Sign Big Talents

ImageTwo of Scotland's biggest young talents were unveiled by Glasgow Warriors today as both sign professional contracts with the club.

Chris Kinloch, who experienced international rugby sevens whilst still at school, and 19-year-old Richie Gray, who stands at 6ft 8in tall, have both impressed head coach Sean Lineen who has handed them both new deals with the Biggest Team in Glasgow.

Both new recruits joined captain Alastair "Big Al" Kellock at Firhill today alongside the biggest trophy Glasgow have ever won - the XV Challenge Vaquerin title which they lifted whilst on pre-season duty in France.

Speaking about Kinloch, Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen said: "Chris impressed us whilst on tour in France with his attitude and his hunger. He also scored a couple of nice tries.

"He is raw but I think he can develop here with us."

Kinloch added: 'the tour to France was a massive opportunity for me and I was over the moon to receive a contract at the end of it. I knew it was my big chance."

On the larger of his two recruits, Gray, Lineen commented: "We don't produce many of these guys in Scotland. He needs to be in a professional environment to realise his potential. He's a big man.

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Al Kellock shows off the XV Challenge Vaquerin trophy with new signings Chris Kinloch (left) and Richie Gray (right).
"He can be an exceptional player if he maintains his attitude. We had a fitness session yesterday and he proved that he's got what it takes."

The "Big Man" himself, said: "I was in the National Academy last year and had another season to go in my contract. But I got a surprise call from Sean Lineen last Wednesday asking me if I was keen to come along and train with Glasgow fulltime.

"It's a fantastic opportunity for me to take my game to the next level."

The Biggest Team in Glasgow continue their pre-season preparations against Bristol on Friday night (22 August, kick-off 7:30pm).

Tickets for Friday night's game are priced at _15 for adults, _10 for students and OAP's and _5 for under 18's; however this game is also included in the Warriors Season Ticket package.

Season Ticket prices for the forthcoming Magners League and Heineken Cup campaigns are frozen for adults, remaining at _150, a saving of _65 compared to buying individual match tickets for all the games. That's the equivalent saving of four free games!

Concession tickets are available to students and OAPs, priced at _80, with supporters under the age of 18 getting to see 13 games of top-flight professional rugby for only _30, the equivalent of just _2.30 per game!

Call the Ticket Hotline on 0844 800 3490 or_click here_for more information.