Prop Cusack to make Glasgow move

New Glasgow signing Michael Cusack
Cusack signed for hometown club Doncaster in 2007

Doncaster Knights prop Michael Cusack has signed a deal to become a Glasgow Warriors player from next season.

The 26-year-old former Leeds forward was recommended to the club by former Edinburgh coach Lynn Howells, currently at Doncaster.

Cusack will join up with Warriors in the summer and is a player who excites head coach Sean Lineen.

"Michael Cusack is a fantastic signing for us. This guy really wants to go places, he's very determined," he said.

"He is most probably one of the two best scrummaging tight-heads in the English Championship, which is the testing ground in England.

"We've had him up here with (Scotland scrummaging expert) Massimo Cuttitta doing a scummaging session or three and he's phenomenally strong. It's the type of guy that we need here and that will add to the competition we have in the front row," added Lineen.

Cusack said that the lure of Magners League and European competition had an effect on his decision to come north.

"I really want to make the step up into the Magners League and the Heineken Cup. Both tournaments are a real attraction.

"There a lot of great things going on in Glasgow. The facilities at Scotstoun are great and there are a lot of good quality players in the squad - especially with the number of Scottish internationalists the club produces," he said.

Glasgow have also extended the contracts of hooker Pat McArthur and centre/fullback Peter Murchie by a further two years, but Canadian prop Kevin Tkachuk will leave the club at the end of the season.

Lineed paid tribute to the 34-year-old who has been at Warriors since 2004.

"Kev has been a great servant to Glasgow. He is a committed team man and a tremendous person.

"He's been crucial to our success over the last few years as we've been building and has been ever-present in the squad. I wish him well for when he moves on."