Young signs-up ahead of Summer Tour

Young signs-up ahead of Summer Tour

​Lock Glen Young now has further reason to celebrate as he today pens a contract extension with Edinburgh Rugby, having last week been named in the Scotland squad for the upcoming Summer Tests in South America.

The former Jed Forest RFC man – who joined the club from Harlequins last summer – has enjoyed an impressive debut season in the Scottish capital, scoring four tries in 12 appearances.

Young said: “I’m proper buzzing, I’ve loved it here. It was a tough start being injured but, even then, bonding with this group was great.

“When I got back playing, it was brilliant. I’ve loved playing in this jersey, in front of the crowd at DAM Health Stadium. It’s a great place to play and I’ve really enjoyed it.

“I feel like the style fits with how I want to play. I like the way Mike [Blair] coaches too. I enjoy getting my hands on the ball, putting a bit of footwork in and putting a bit of pace into things.”

Young came through the ranks at Riverside Park before kick-starting his professional career with Newcastle Falcons in 2012 as an academy prospect, alongside representing Scotland U20.

He spent three seasons at Kingston Park as a senior player (2016-19) before moving to Harlequins in 2020, where he became a regular starter in the west London club’s middle row.

Young returned north last summer and made his debut against Cardiff Rugby in January after missing the start of the season with a pectoral injury picked up in pre-season.

He continued: “Making my debut against Cardiff was a special moment, there was no crowd but I was lucky to have my family there.

“I got a really good welcome onto the pitch by the non-playing squad, so even though there wasn’t a crowd, I felt welcomed.

“My family have loved it, my wife and I are both from Jedburgh so we’re really close to home. We’ve both felt really welcome, with the club putting on events for families, so it’s been a seamless transition.”

Young’s athleticism was on show when he grabbed a brace of tries in January’s 66-3 European win against Brive – the first of which was a 40m charge down, gather and finish – and has now been rewarded for his fine form with a call-up to Scotland’s 40-man summer touring squad for fixtures against Chile and Argentina.

The lock was named in the Scotland squad during this season’s Six Nations campaign – but didn’t feature – and now has the opportunity to make his international debut in South America.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be named in the Scotland squad. It’s something I’ve been working towards for a really long time,” continued Young.

“I’m 27 now, so not a young pup anymore. I was saying to my wife that I was going to try and enjoy it and express myself.

“It’s helpful being at Edinburgh because there are 14 boys going on tour, which makes it slightly less nerve racking.”

Head Coach Mike Blair praised Young’s impact in 2021/22 and added: “We’ve been really happy with Glen’s contribution this season and we’re excited to see him develop his game further next year. It’s brilliant that he’s extended terms with the club.

“Glen came back from injury really strong and showcased the kind of athleticism that makes him a game-changing type of player, who is equally adept at lock and six.

“Glen was hugely deserving of his Scotland call-up after a promising end to the season. Hopefully he’ll get the chance to wear the thistle and represent his country this summer.”

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