Former Edinburgh stand-off Gregor Hunter has signed a training contract with Glasgow despite being ruled out for another nine months after his knee injury flared up again.
Hunter suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in August while playing for Hawick but has undergone further surgery after his return to pre-season training went wrong.
The 22-year-old former Scotland youth international, who made 16 appearances for Edinburgh, will undergo his rehabilitation with Glasgow Warriors while helping out at Glasgow Hawks off the field.
George Hunter and Will Bordill have also signed one-year training contracts with Glasgow after earlier agreeing playing deals with BT Premiership side Ayr. Prop Hunter, 22, has been at Scotstoun for four years and spent time on loan at London Scottish last season, while 21-year-old flanker Bordill joined Glasgow from Sale last summer.
The pair will be available for selection for Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend.
Townsend said: “We are looking forward to seeing how they develop in our environment and also playing with their club sides in the BT Premiership when they’re not involved with us.
“They will add to the depth of our squad and we expect them to work hard to earn a place in the team and potentially a full-time professional contract next season.
“Unfortunately for Gregor he suffered a recurrence of a knee injury during our pre-season training and we’re all really disappointed for Gregor that he’s going to be spending some time on the sidelines.
“However, we will continue to support him through his rehab and he’ll still have a big role to play at the club off the field.”
Glasgow Hawks coach Jamie Dempsey added: “Last season was a new high in our increasingly fruitful relationship with Glasgow Warriors and it is a tie we would like to continue to strengthen. Gregor has had a tough time with injury and we’ll continue to support him during his rehab, to help him get his career back on track.”
The Warriors’ close links with the district’s club sides were further demonstrated yesterday with the pro side’s kit launch for the new season. The black and blue home shirt includes the names of the 61 clubs in the Glasgow District, subtly printed on the front and back of the jersey. And the Glasgow District Rugby Union logo has been included on the back of the jersey.
The change kit features a design inspired by Glasgow-born architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s iconic rose design.
Glasgow Warriors prop Gordon Reid added: “Ayr played a major part in my development, so it’s great to see all the clubs in the Glasgow District on our new home shirt.”