Josh Strauss: I want to win trophies with Glasgow Warriors
Number 8 reveals his ambitions after agreeing a new two-year deal to remain at Scotstoun Stadium until May 2017
Josh Strauss believes he can win silverware with Glasgow Warriors after signing a new two-year deal.
The South Africa-born number 8, who will become eligible to play for Scotland next September, has established himself as one of the Scottish club’s key players since his move in 2012 from the Johannesburg-based Lions franchise.
I’m ambitious and I want to win trophies and I believe I have the best chance of doing that at the Warriors.
As well as making 56 appearances for the Warriors in the Guinness PRO12, the 28-year-old is part of the leadership team, regularly deputising for club captain Al Kellock.
“I’ve learnt a lot working with the players and coaches at Scotstoun and it was a good decision to move to Glasgow from South Africa,” Strauss told glasgowwarriors.org
“I’ve enjoyed the last three years at the club and I really like the group of players that are here.
“I’ve developed playing in the Guinness PRO12 and European Rugby Champions Cup and I’m happy to be staying.
“I’m ambitious and I want to win trophies and I believe I have the best chance of doing that at the Warriors.”
The Warriors have also been boosted ahead of their European Champions Cup clash in Toulouse on Sunday with lock Leone Nakarawa also signing a two-year deal.
The 26-year-old marauding giant, who has won 24 caps for the Vodafone Flying Fijians, has become an integral part of the Warriors pack since signing his first professional contract with the club in 2013.
“I’m really enjoying playing for the club and I’m very happy living in the city,” Nakarawa said.
“We have excellent players and coaches at Scotstoun and I believe I can continue to improve working with them.
“The supporters have been great with me since I joined and I’m delighted to be staying.”
Glasgow Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend is pleased that the forwards duo have committed their futures to the club, currently third in the PRO12 after nine rounds.
“Josh and Leone have made a big impact since they joined us and it’s a big boost for everyone at the club that they’re staying,” Townsend said.
“We really appreciate the continued backing from Scottish Rugby to make these deals possible.
“Leone has worked really hard in training to adapt to the 15-a-side game, having predominately played sevens before arriving in Glasgow and he’s now a regular in the Fiji national squad.
“He has a wide variety of skills, which gives us something different and he’s versatile, being able to play in the second-row and back-row.
“Josh is part of our leadership group and has captained the side. When he first came over he settled in really well and has adapted quickly to our style of play.
“He will continue to have a big role to play at the club both on and off the pitch.”
The latest contract announcements come a week after Scotland internationals Stuart Hogg and Lee Jones also signed new deals to remain with the club until 2017.
Canadian international utility-back Connor Braid has joined London Scottish for the remainder of the season after his three-month deal with the Warriors ended.
The 24-year-old was in impressive form during three weeks on loan with the Greene King IPA Championship club in October before rejoining the Warriors to provide cover in the backline during the viagogo Autumn Tests.
“We’re pleased that Connor will be able to get regular game-time with London Scottish, after impressing there on loan and we wish him all the best in London,” Townsend added.
“We’re delighted that he will return for a period during the RBS 6 Nations and we’d like to thank London Scottish for their support with this.”