GRAEME MORRISON has revealed he has been hugely impressed with new signing Byron McGuigan.
The 22-year-old is one of six new signings made by Glasgow over the summer, and will give Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend options all across his back line.
McGuigan was brought up in Cape Town, South Africa, and developed through the Western Province academy, before joining the Border Bulldogs outfit two years ago.
The Scotland qualified player has made no bones about his determination to secure a starting place with Warriors, and Morrison has welcomed that naked ambition.
He said: "Byron has really impressed over the first month's training. He has an excellent skill-set and a fair turn of pace and plenty of belief.
"I think he can make an impact with us over the coming season. Certainly, when it comes to competition for places, he will be making sure both myself and Alex Dunbar have to look over our shoulders.
"But rugby is an attritional game and injuries happen, as I found to my cost last season, so we will need young guys like Byron competing for places. He has a great opportunity to make an impression with us, though, and you can see how hungry and determined he is to do that."
Warriors have a history of unearthing overseas talent and turning them into a Glasgow suc-cess story and none more so than Canadian DTH van der Merwe.
Morrison believes that the acclimatisation process is made easier by the friendly and close knit nature of the Warriors squad.
He said: "Over the years we have had a few foreign lads come in and they have all done really well for Glasgow and proved very popular with the fans and the Scottish players alike.
"If you look at the likes of Bernie Stortoni and Federico Aramburu from Argentina and then Troy Nathan, who is a Kiwi and, of course, DTH, who is Canadian, they have all been big players for us."