Worcester sign yet another Scotland international to help solve prop crisis
McCallum is the latest Scot to head south, following in the footsteps of fellow prop Rory Sutherland and winger Duhan van der Merwe. The Lions pair arrived to Worcester following the tour this summer.
McCallum will arrive at Sixways on January 1 on a contract that follows through to the end of 2022/2023 season. The 25-year-old had joined Glasgow from Edinburgh on a short-term contract in July.
He has made three appearances for the club to date and was included in Scotland’s Autumn Nations Series squad.
His presence will add much-needed cover at prop, with their summer signing Jack Owlett recently having undergone surgery on a hip injury he sustained in the Gallagher Premiership match at Northampton Saints last month.
“With only three senior tightheads in our squad, the recent long-term injury to Jack Owlett highlighted the need to bring someone in and Murray is a player of real quality,” said Warriors Head Coach Jonathan Thomas. “With only three senior tightheads in our squad, the recent long-term injury to Jack Owlett highlighted the need to bring someone in and Murray is a player of real quality.”
Warriors Director of Rugby Alan Solomons, who worked with the prop during his time in charge at Edinburgh, was equally enthused.
“It is terrific news for the club that Muzza will be joining us in January, particularly as Jack Owlett is only expected to return from his hip operation at the end of February,” Solomons said.
“I know Muzza well, having coached him at Edinburgh when he was a young, promising player just starting to come through. He has since gone on to play for Scotland and established himself as a top-class prop.
“Muzza is a great team man and will add huge value to Warriors, both on and off the field. We all look forward to welcoming him to Sixways.”
The tighthead is looking forward to the challenge of the Premiership.
“The Premiership is the ultimate test for a prop and a league I have always wanted to challenge myself in,” McCallum said. “Knowing Solly for my Edinburgh days and then meeting JT I am really sold on the club’s vision and I’m excited to be part of their journey.”
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