Glasgow Warriors in talks to sign rugby’s fastest man Carlin Isles
Glasgow Warriors are in talks to bring USA sevens specialist Carlin Isles to the Pro12 on short-term deal
Glasgow Warriors are in talks to bring USA sevens specialist Carlin Isles to the Pro12 on a short-term deal.
The 24-year-old is no stranger to Scotstoun Stadium, having played there in May in the Glasgow leg of the IRB Rugby Sevens World Series and could link up with American team-mate Folau Niua, who joined the Scottish club until the end of the season earlier this month.
After rumours of the American’s signing began in the states overnight, the Scotstoun club confirmed to Scottish broadcaster STV this afternoon that talks were ongoing.
The pacey American former track runner, who has a reserve/futures contract with the Detroit Lions American football franchise for the 2014 season but sees his future in rugby, has been timed at running 100 metres in 10.13 seconds and continues to burn up the sevens circuit, scoring six tries in two days at the Wellington Sevens earlier this month.
Despite his limited 15-a-side experience, Isles could be a valuable acquisition for the Warriors to ease their dearth of available options on the wing while offering him more game time ahead of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro where Isles hopes to compete for the USA.
Lengthy injuries to wingers Sean Maitland and DTH van der Merwe. and with Tommy Seymour and Sean Lamont expected to be away with the Scotland Six Nations squad for another month, the Warriors have fielded Elite Development Programme youngster Rory Hughes and Lee Jones on the wing in their last two Pro12 outings.
Isles would be an explosive attacking option as the Warriors look to maintain their bid to reach the Pro12 play-offs in May, currently occupying fourth place with at one game in hand over fifth-placed club Ulster.