Glasgow Warriors sign Kiwi Troy Nathan from Connacht

Troy Nathan
Nathan scored five tries in 73 appearances for Connacht

Glasgow Warriors have signed New Zealander Troy Nathan from Connacht on a two-year contract.

Nathan can operate at both fly-half and centre, although Warriors boss Sean Lineen envisages the Kiwi will play mainly at centre.

"He's a little bit older and with so many Scottish youngsters - which is good - we need an older head in the midfield," said Lineen.

"A bit of maturity and experience is what we need."

Nathan came through the youth development set-up at Waikato Chiefs in his homeland before joining Counties Manukau.

He moved to Connacht in 2007 and made 73 appearances for the Irish province, scoring five tries.

"He knows the game and has plenty Magners League experience. He's a top lad and is very ambitious so I know he'll make a difference," Lineen added.

"You can see the solidity and vision he has brought to the Connacht backline."

The Auckland-born star is looking forward to the season ahead with his new club.

"I spoke to Sean about the new additions to the team for next season and the facilities at Scotstoun are also a big factor in my decision," said Nathan.

"I'm looking forward to being a part of what Glasgow are hoping to achieve over the coming years - it's a very forward-thinking set-up.

"Glasgow has had a strong history over the past few years and I'm excited about being a part of the future."