Scotland international Richie Gray will make a return to Glasgow Warriors ahead of the 2020/21 season after signing a new two-year deal with the Pro 14 club.
The 6ft 9in lock started his professional rugby career with Glasgow Warriors in 2008 and went on to make 47 appearances for the Scottish regional club before shifting to Sale Sharks in 2012. He also enjoyed a stint with Castres Olympique between 2013 and 2016 before switching to Toulouse.
He has played for the French side 51 times and helped them in reaching the Heineken Champions Cup semi-final and the Top14 title last season.
“I’m absolutely delighted to be coming back to Glasgow. It’s great to be bringing my family back home, and also to come back to the club where it all began for me. It’s certainly something very exciting for me," he told the glasgowwarriors.org.
“I can’t wait to come back. We were still at Firhill when I left, and the club has obviously made big moves forward since then. Scotstoun is a great place to play rugby – it’s packed every week and I can’t wait to be a part of that.
“Danny (Wilson) is great – he’s really enthusiastic about the club and is very ambitious. We’re both on the same page and we’re both really looking forward to the challenge ahead."
Gray also added that he is determined to sign off from his current stint with Toulouse before joining the Warriors next season.
“My focus until the end of the season is fully on Toulouse - I want to try and add a couple more titles to this club’s trophy cabinet. I’ve learnt a lot and gained a lot of experience, and been part of a successful side over the last couple of years.
"I want to bring that experience back to Glasgow and win titles with the Warriors.
“To come back and play at Scotstoun in front of my family, friends and the Warrior Nation was a huge factor in my decision.
"The club’s had so much success in recent years in getting to the knockout stages of the Guinness PRO14 and Heineken Champions Cup and I want to come back and be a part of that.”
Gray has played 65 Tests for Scotland since his debut in 2010 with his last appearance for the Dark Blues coming during March 2018. He also made a solitary appearance for the British and Irish Lions during the 2013 tour of Australia.