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January 27, 2009

Chris Cusiter joins Glasgow

Posted by Editor on January 27, 2009 01:44 PM | 22 comments | Print | E-mail author

Chris Cusiter has joined Glasgow
Chris Cusiter is returning to Scotland to join Glasgow Warriors, it was announced today.

The 26-year-old scrum-half has signed a three year deal with Glasgow after hid spell in France with Perpignan.

Chris said: "I'm joining an ambitious club with huge potential and I'm excited about the challenges that lie ahead.

"Both Scottish pro-teams have been getting good results recently and Glasgow have made their future intentions clear with some great performances, especially with the recent win over Toulouse.

"Playing in France has been a fantastic experience and I've learnt a lot. I now look forward to a successful end to the season with Perpignan before returning to Scotland in the summer.

"I hope to bring the experience I've gained over the last two seasons to an already very talented Glasgow squad.

"I believe it's the right time to come back to Scotland. I'm looking forward to earning a starting place for Glasgow which, in the long run, may also help my international aspirations as we look forward to the Rugby World Cup in 2011."

Warriors head coach, Sean Lineen, who coached Chris as part of the 2003 Premiership title winning Boroughmuir side, added: "It's fantastic news for Glasgow Warriors and Scottish Rugby.

"Chris is a world class player who I've admired for many years. The experience he has from playing in France cannot be underestimated.

"Today's signing shows that Glasgow are moving in the right direction and I can't wait to see Chris in a Warriors shirt next season."

Posted by andy on January 27, 2009 01:50 PM | Reply to this comment

Thats a great signing! It will be good to see him back challenging for a Scotland place aswell.

Posted by The Badger on January 27, 2009 02:07 PM | Reply to this comment

Agreed - a good signing.....and as much as I like Bongo Boy, having Cusiter playing week-in-week-out for us will be a real boost!

Posted by neilmacd74 on January 27, 2009 02:09 PM | Reply to this comment

That's a fantastic signing. Let's hope he's not the only one but with the way Cusier plays it could really get quick ball t our backs next season. Bit of grit in the pack and we're sorted now to move up a level.

Posted by nickyboy on January 27, 2009 02:13 PM | Reply to this comment

This should help him put real pressure on Blair and it will be great to see him link up with Jackson!

Who will make way though? I thought McMillan looked good and Gregor has potential. Is there room for Sam P too?

Posted by Neil Malcolm on January 27, 2009 04:18 PM | Reply to this comment

McMillan ok... and Cusiter is a huge name... and hes still younger than Gregor!

Posted by bossco85 on January 27, 2009 02:58 PM | Reply to this comment

Great signing! We have struggled for a really good srcum half for a while now, he should bring out the best in Parks and will only help to improve Jackson, especially since he has been passing the ball the Carter for a few months! Very very good!

Posted by vicki on January 27, 2009 06:09 PM | Reply to this comment

Can't wait to see him line up with Parks next season - will give Mark and our other remaining scrum halves a real challenge and his experience will surely be hugely beneficial for the rest of the team. Well done SRU / Glasgow for pulling this one off!

Posted by MMcEwan on January 27, 2009 04:05 PM | Reply to this comment

Top quality signing. Well done Sean etc! Just to check, is he signing and eligible to play with immediate effect or as of the end of the season?

Posted by MMcEwan on January 27, 2009 04:48 PM | Reply to this comment

Apologies, just read the story in full...

Posted by AJPatterson on January 27, 2009 06:16 PM | Reply to this comment

Excellent player, has apparently been on fire for Perpignan, looked good replacing Mike Blair in the autumn tests. It's a good position to add experience as he can shout at both forwards and backs.

I just hope the budget hasn't been blown in terms of bringing in other players - we need to beef up the front 5.

Posted by Derek on January 27, 2009 06:58 PM | Reply to this comment

Great signing! Shows great ambition by the management team, as is said above I do hope that all our budget went on him as we need strengthing else where.

All in all great news though!

Well done the management team for getting the deal done.

Posted by mediumsizedal on January 27, 2009 07:04 PM | Reply to this comment

Last comment makes the point-yes it is a good signing, although he has been injury prone recently. Hope this doesn't mean the end for Budgie-OK he didn't have the best of games on Sunday, but he has been a good Glasgow player. However the game on Sunday (and others this season) demonstrate that we need some hard men in the front 5-at times Dragons out muscled our forwards & generally made a mess of ruck ball. Hope there is a budget left for front 5, we don't need any more backs. Cusiter should certainly lend another dimension to our back play.

Posted by sunday5 on January 27, 2009 07:51 PM | Reply to this comment

This is great news. Congratulations to Lineen and all involved. Cusiter is just the man we need and not only in Glasgow but Scottish Rugby needs the kind of rivalry this will create.

Couldn't be happier. This is better than Jason White! We could still use a bit of an ogre in the pack tho...

Posted by FJ! on January 27, 2009 11:11 PM | Reply to this comment

Great news. Always thought he was better than Mike Blair and played well with DP on Scotland duty.

Posted by Moody Blue on January 27, 2009 11:50 PM | Reply to this comment

Excellent. Would think that Dan P and Rhauridh J will compete for 10, McMillan and Cusiter for 9, with Colin Gregor back up for both. That would mean Sam Pinder leaving, which since he is 30 this year, probably makes sense. Also need to make wee chances for the next generation - Jericevich, etc. The youngest scrum half we have playing professionally is Greg Laidlaw whose 24 this year - we need to get another couple of young ones coming through or when it comes to 2015 there will be a dearth of scrum halves

Posted by Alan on January 28, 2009 12:16 AM | Reply to this comment

Year of Homecoming! Welcome home Chris. Haste Ye Back all the others!!

Posted by Zorr O'Potato on January 28, 2009 01:43 PM | Reply to this comment

Excellent news and will really boost Glasgow next season. Top bloke, top player and I reckon he'll thrive on the support of the Glasgow crowd.

Posted by Alsfan on January 28, 2009 09:51 PM | Reply to this comment

Wot? .... Even the drums? ;)

Posted by Sam on January 28, 2009 02:46 PM | Reply to this comment

Is Dan P staying? I thought his contract runs out this season?

Posted by BigRab on January 28, 2009 03:44 PM | Reply to this comment

It should read RE-JOINS Glasgow. Seeing as he was with Glasgow before the Borders were set up.

Posted by monster-munch on January 28, 2009 04:56 PM | Reply to this comment

He was with Glasgow-Caledonia.

Posted by hamish on February 5, 2009 06:13 PM | Reply to this comment

Glasgow v Edinburgh - Cusiter v Blair - What a match within a match! Awsome!

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