Glasgow Warriors flanker James Eddie signs contract extension

By Stevie MillerBBC Sport Nation
Glasgow flanker James Eddie
Eddie graduated to the Glasgow senior squad in 2006

James Eddie says that Glasgow Warriors' signing policy influenced his decision to agree a two-year contract extension with the club.

The deal for the 26-year-old flanker ties him to the club until May 2014.

However, Eddie, part of the Scotland sevens squad, will not return to the club on a permanent basis until the end of the Sevens World Series in May.

"I think it's a really exciting time for the club right now with all the players that are signing," said Eddie.

"The signings are snowballing, you know, signing guys like Sean and Rory (Lamont) and having guys like Cus (Chris Cusiter) it helps when you think about how competitive the squad will be next season."

Warriors head coach Sean Lineen said: "James is a talented, hungry player who has won a place in the hearts of the Glasgow crowd with his passionate, committed style.

"Before the sevens season began, he was in the form of his life for us, scoring a crucial try in our away win over Cardiff and bringing some real aggression to our play.

"We'll be looking for more of the same once he comes back on board next season, and I'm delighted to have tied him down."

Eddie also praised the effect playing in the sevens squad was having on his game.

"It's been good," he told BBC Scotland. "It's highlighted areas of my game I really have to work on, and it's good for me that my fitness and skills are closely monitored.

"I'm finding myself in places on the pitch I wouldn't normally be in XVs, so hopefully it gives me something a bit different to some of the other guys here, so when I come back I've got something different to add.

"I've enjoyed it, but it's really tough," he added, stressing the mental aspects of sevens rugby.

"You might lose a game and you've got a couple of hours to pick yourself up and then you've got a must-win game, so mentally as well it's tough.

"I'm enjoying it though, and I feel it's bringing out the best in me."