Vernon extends contract with Glasgow Warriors

Scotland centre Richie Vernon has signed a new contract which will keep him at Glasgow Warriors until at least May 2017.

Vernon represented the national team in the 2015 World Cup and has made 96 appearances for the Warriors. The 28-year-old played a big part in the Warriors PRO12 title last year and he said that he is determined to help the Warriors become one of the best teams in the world.

“Glasgow Warriors is a great club, which I really enjoy being a part of," Vernon told the Glasgow Warriors' official website.

"We've had a bit of success and we're a team moving in the right direction and trying to get better, so it'll be great to be a part of that for another year."

Vernon added that he sees Warriors as his opportunity to force himself back into the Scotland set-up.

“One of my goals is to get back involved in the Scotland set-up and I believe I have the best chance of doing that at Glasgow.

"Over the last few years we've had a consistently high number of players playing international rugby, so I think playing in a Glasgow team which is doing well gives you a great opportunity to play your best rugby and to put your name forward for Scotland squads."

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend was equally delighted to have Vernon for the long-term future.

“We're delighted Richie has signed with us for another 12 months and also that he's nearing a return to full fitness," Townsend said.

"He played a lot of games for us on our way to winning the PRO12 last season and we're looking forward to him being available to play again and competing for a place in the team.

"Richie worked really hard during his move to centre and he thoroughly deserved his place at the Rugby World Cup with Scotland. He is an influential and highly respected player within our squad and it's great that he is going to continue his career at Scotstoun."