Kellock Goes West
Popular Lock signs with Warriors
This is hardly news now since many of you will have heard already (your correpondent has been having IT problems), but it is only right that we mark Ally's transfer to the Warriors here on the Supporters' Club website. Your correspondent is particularly saddened since, as both a fellow Weegie and an alumnus of Allan Glen's where Ally first learned his trade, I had a particular affection for the big lug.
On behalf of the SRU, Communications Director Dee McIntosh told this website that the transfer had been agreed "for his individual player development" and had the blessing of Gunners' head coach Todd Blackadder. Let's hope he's the only one who needs a transfer in order to develop!
Ally, who has won eight caps for Scotland, became a regular in the side in this season's RBS 6 Nations, having won his first cap as a replacement against Australia in 2004. He said: "I've played all my professional rugby with Edinburgh and have thoroughly enjoyed my time with them. In particular, working alongside some really experienced international locks like Scott Murray and Todd Blackadder has given me a wealth of knowledge and really helped my game.
"When the chance to make this move back through to Glasgow came about, I thought it would be a good opportunity to expand my game with a new club and offer me a whole set of new challenges. I'm really looking forward to it."
Glasgow head coach Sean Lineen added: "We're delighted to welcome Ally to Glasgow. Anyone who watched the 6 Nations this year will have seen how far his game has come over the past couple of seasons and I'm sure he will play a leading role in a pack we are looking to strengthen considerably for next season."
Here at the Gunners we're all going to miss Ally, who has blossomed into a real star this year. We wish him all the best, except of course when playing agin' us!
ALASTAIR KELLOCK Lock. Born 14.6.81. Height: 6ft 8in. Weight: 17st. School - Bishopbriggs High. Alastair David Kellock made his first 6 Nations start in Scotland's victory over the French at Murrayfield in February 2006. He made his senior Scotland debut in the non-cap tour game against Queensland Reds on the 2004 summer tour of Australia and followed that by coming on as a replacement in the games against New South Wales Country and New South Wales Waratahs. He went on to gain his first cap in the opening match against Australia at Murrayfield in the 2004 Abbey Autumn Tests, coming on as a replacement and repeated that pattern as he won his second cap against Romania in the summer of 2005. He has twice toured New Zealand on representative duty. On the first occasion, in 1999, he was part of the Scottish Youth tour, while his second trip was with the Glasgow Thistles in 2000. Kellock has represented Scotland at under-19 and under-21 levels and remains attached to the Scottish Institute of Sport. He played his club rugby initially with Allan Glen's before moving to Stirling County from where he was awarded his professional contract with Edinburgh.
International record: 8 caps. 2004 - A(rep). 2005 - R(rep) Arg(rep) Sam(rep) NZ(rep). 2006 - F W E It(rep).