Pro12: James Downey thrilled to complete Glasgow switch

Pro12: James Downey speaks of his delight to complete a switch to Glasgow Warriors from Munster

Felix Jones, Simon Zebo, James Downey and Mike McCarthy Photo: James Downey/Twitter

James Downey has expressed his delight at joining Glasgow Warriors as the Pro12 finalists confirmed his arrival from Munster on a two-year deal.

The 33-year-old much-travelled centre is the latest signing at Scotstoun, subject to a medical, as head coach Gregor Townsend continues to build ahead of the new season.

I’m looking forward to playing at Scotstoun regularly in front of very passionate supporters. The atmosphere at the RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off was incredible

James Downey

“I’m really excited about moving to Glasgow and taking on this new challenge,” said Downey.

“This is a great opportunity for me to join an ambitious club and hopefully I can have a successful couple of years in Glasgow.

“The squad gets stronger each year and reaching the RaboDirect Pro12 Final for the first time last season shows the progress the club is making. I know I’ll have to work hard to get into the team.

“I’m looking forward to playing at Scotstoun regularly in front of very passionate supporters. The atmosphere at the RaboDirect PRO12 Play-Off was incredible.

“I can’t wait to meet my new teammates and start pre-season training.”

The Ireland international’s early career brought brief spells at Leinster and Munster either side of two seasons with Connacht.

From Thomond Park, the Dubliner was lured to Calvisano for the 2006-07 season before joining Northampton Saints, where he helped the team to Premiership promotion in 2008 and the Amlin Challenge Cup title in 2009 and was part of the Ireland Wolfounds side that defeated England Saxons in the final of the 2009 Churchill Cup.

“James is a quality player who will be an excellent addition to our squad,” said Townsend.

“He is a tough defender and brings real physicality when carrying the ball.

“He has a lot of experience having played for Northampton and Munster, and has been involved in some epic European games.

“This experience, as well as his rugby ability will help us to make further progress as a squad next season.

“We’re delighted he has chosen to come to Glasgow and adds to our depth at centre.

“I’d like to thank Scottish Rugby for their continued investment in our squad, which allows us to bring in a player of James’s calibre.”

Downey’s signing comes a week after the return of Scotland tighthead prop Euan Murray to his hometown club from Worcester Warriors was confirmed, and he will join up with his new team-mates at a pre-season training camp in France next week.

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