Newcastle lock Tim Swinson to join Glasgow for 2012-13

Tim Swinson

Newcastle Falcons lock Tim Swinson has agreed to join Glasgow Warriors for the 2012-13 season.

The 25-year-old, who is eligible to play for Scotland, has signed a two-year deal and will complete the move at the end of the Premiership season.

"I'm really pleased to have signed for a club with ambition and a bright future," Swinson told the club website.

He becomes the second addition to next season's squad after Tonga forward Viliami Ma'afu signed on Monday.

Under coach Sean Lineen, the Warriors are in the mix for the Rabodirect 12 play-offs this season, and look likely to comfortably achieve qualification for next season's Heineken Cup.

"They've made real progress this season," Swinson added.

"With the signings and re-signings they've made, they're clearly very determined to build on that and achieve success.

"There is a great team environment at the club, and everything I've seen and heard about the Warriors suggests that's very much the case in Glasgow as well.

"It's going to be a really positive place and team to be part of."

London-born Swinson made his debut for the Falcons in the 2007-08 season, and following a stint with Tynedale went on to establish himself as a regular fixture in the second row.

His performances in the club's battle against relegation last season earned him the player of the season award for 2010-11.

Again this term he has been influential, missing one of 15 Premiership matches, with the club again battling to avoid the drop.

"I'm thoroughly looking forward to throwing myself into the cause come the summer, but for now it's about focusing on helping Newcastle Falcons secure their Premiership status," added Swinson.

"I have a responsibility to be 100% committed to Newcastle until the end of the current season."