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May 14, 2008

A word from Scott

With a stag weekend, the Churchill Cup, a wedding and a move to a new club coming up Scott Barrow has a busy summer ahead of him.

Scott is leaving for a new challenge at Leeds CarnegieHowever, Scott took some time out to talk to about his time at Glasgow and what lies ahead with Leeds Carnegie.

Always one of the most approachable and engaging members of the squad, Scott first wanted to say thanks to a few people.

"There's lots of people to thank from my time in Glasgow. The first two seasons I was here I had a couple of bad injuries - I did my shoulder in my first season and was out for a fair bit and then the next season a groin injury kept me out for six months. I was struggling to run and at one point didn't think it would get any better, but Sean Lineen kept faith with me when it would have been easy to say 'on your way, that's it, you're not giving us what we need'. The medical staff, Gerry, Lisa, and before that Bob, looked after me and got me back to full fitness and I owe them a great deal.

"I'm just glad my last two seasons have been pretty much injury free and I've had a chance to show that I can play good rugby.

"I also want to thank the fans for their support during my time here, particularly this season. The Saracens game and the Edinburgh match were great - you can't ask any more from fans - they were outstanding. We need to make it like that for every game. Things are going in the right direction on and off the park and we have to keep building on that."

Scott faces a new challenge at Leeds where expectations will be high that they can make a quick return to the Premiership.

"I've signed a two-year deal with Leeds so we'll hopefully have a year in National One then get promotion to the Premiership and we'll see how it goes after that.

"Leeds and Exeter will probably be the two favourites going into the new season. Exeter have recruited a big squad and will be challenging for top position, but Leeds have retained most of the players from their Premiership team and that experience should be a help, so it should be a pretty exciting competition.

"Leeds also have a really good fanbase - they've built it up over the last few seasons and we'll hopefully give them a good season. I've played four seasons in National One - I've finished second three times - twice with Worcester and once with Orrell and the other year Orrell were third so hopefully I'll be top this time around."

Scott will also line up against Andy Craig, the former Scotland and Glasgow player who first recommended Scott to the Warriors: " Yeah, I'll be playing against my old pal Andy - he's signed with Sedgley Park for another year."

Scott has been used mainly as an impact sub this seasonBefore that Scott will be in Canada for the Churchill Cup after being selected for the Scotland A squad.

"I'm really made up about being in the Scotland A squad. I qualified for Scotland around August last year and I thought if I could get a few starts for Glasgow and play well I might get a chance in the A squad or Test squad. But at the start of the year I wasn't playing enough games to warrant selection. So it was bit of a surprise to get the call-up for the Churchill Cup but I must be doing something right when I come on to get selected.

"The A team is a great stepping stone - Graeme Morrison went away with the A team, played well and hasn't looked back. Now Ferg Thomson has a chance to show what he can do as skipper for the Churchill Cup."

Scott's opportunities to start games have been limited this season, being used mainly as a replacement, but he has had a big impact when he has come on. He won this season's home game with Leinster virtually single-handedly as he dragged Glasgow back into the game and always brought creativity and solidity to the Warriors' play.

"It's been disappointing not to start more games, and I think I've done well when I have come on. Glasgow offered me a two-year deal to stay on but I'm 27 and have three or four good years ahead of me. If I was 32 I'd love to stay with Glasgow and play from the bench, but I want to play as much rugby as I can.

"It's a shame because Glasgow are going in the right direction - it's the best squad we've ever had. Before the Munster game I told the guys it was the best 22 I'd been involved with at Glasgow. And we saw that 22 pull out the big result over Munster.

"I've really enjoyed my time with Glasgow and Sean's disappointed I'm going but he understands why I'm doing it."

It's not just Sean Lineen who will be disappointed Scott is leaving - Glasgow supporters will be sorry to lose such a clever and talented footballer.

Many thanks and best of luck to Scott - he's been a good friend to and a class act on and off the pitch.

Posted by Alan Fulton on May 14, 2008 11:00 PM | Reply to this comment

"It's been disappointing not to start more games" .. I suppose that must sum up why Scott is going just when he is picked for Scotland .. a big loss to Glasgow. I would have liked to see him have more regular starts. Good luck with the new challenge and thanks!

Posted by disco on May 15, 2008 12:01 AM | Reply to this comment

A shame to lose a player with sucha good rugby brain and who has contributed a lot to the squad over the years. Best of luck Scott. We'll be watching Leeds reults with interest and hopefully they make a rapid return to the top flight.

Posted by bossco85 on May 15, 2008 04:20 PM | Reply to this comment

sad to see wheels go, he always impressed me, even if his place kicking wasnt the best :)

A good servant for Glasgow, all the best Scott.

Posted by gail foster on May 19, 2008 03:45 PM | Reply to this comment

Yup agree with the folks - shame to see wheels head seems to have been a real impact player with Glasgow this season from bench or start. Good luck with the new club.

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