Former Edinburgh No.9 Blair signs for Glasgow

Mike Blair has signed a two-year deal at Glasgow. Pic: SNS
Mike Blair has signed a two-year deal at Glasgow. Pic: SNS
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Former Edinburgh scrum-half Mike Blair, 33, today signed a two year contract that sees him move from Newcastle to Glasgow next season subject to a medical.

Scotland’s most capped scrum half with 85 appearances in addition to touring with the Lions to South Africa in 2009, Blair will join other No 9s, Henry Pyrgos, Grayson Hart and Ali Price at Scotstoun.

In addition to providing cover during this Autumn’s World Cup Blair will take the opportunity to break into coaching.

The only Scot to be nominated for an IRB player of the year award, in 2008, Blair said in a statement today; “I’m very excited about moving back to Scotland and joining a very ambitious club.

“One of the reasons I’m moving to Glasgow is the opportunity to work with Gregor (Townsend) again. I played with him when I started out with Scotland and he coached me when he was part of the Scotland set-up and that was definitely a big factor in my decision to join the Warriors. My aim is to move into coaching and I see Gregor as being a great role model.”

Blair spent 10 seasons at Edinburgh whom he joined after leaving Edinburgh Academy and via a stint at Boroughmuir.

After leaving the Capital he had a spell with Brive, in France.

He also holds the distinction of debuting for Scotland, away to Canada in 2002, before he had started a professional match with his only appearance for Edinburgh as a substitute for Iain Fairley against Caerphilly at Myreside in September 2001.

Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend added: “It’s great news for the club that Mike will be joining us in the summer.

“He has been in excellent form and has started most of Newcastle’s games this season. They’ve been playing a high-tempo attacking game, which brings out the best in Mike and is similar to the rugby we play at Glasgow.

“Mike’s experience and knowledge of the game will be really valuable for our playing and coaching group and I’m certain our other scrum-halves will benefit from his input.

“We expect Mike to compete hard for a starting place with our other nines next season and in addition bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the club.”