SCOTLAND forward Adam Ashe has signed a one-year deal with Glasgow Warriors.

The 21-year-old, 6ft 4in No.8 won his first cap when he was drafted into Vern Cotter's Scotland side for the tour match against South Africa in June. He played the full 80 minutes of the Port Elizabeth test, which Scotland lost 56-6.

Ashe has been attached to Glasgow as an elite development player since 2012. He has featured twice as a replacement but has never started a match for the Warriors.

The new deal will keep him at Scotstoun until at least May 2015.

He has just returned home from New Zealand, where he has spent the past four months playing club rugby as part of the Macphail Scholarship programme.

Ashe said: "It's been a whirlwind few months for me and I am delighted to become a full professional with the Warriors.

"Playing club rugby in New Zealand and going over to South Africa to represent my country are experiences I will never forget.

"Now I've got my first professional contract I want to continue to work hard and hopefully I'll get more opportunities to play for Glasgow next season."

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend said: "Adam is the latest player to come through the elite development programme and undoubtedly has a bright future ahead of him.

"He is also the latest to have been awarded the Macphail Scholarship and we have received very positive reports about him from the coaches he has been working with in New Zealand.

"Adam will add to our depth in the back-row next season and it's great news for the club that he is going to continue his development in Glasgow."

Warriors elite development coach Iain Monaghan added: "Adam has made very good progress and has really developed over the last few years.

"He has worked extremely hard and is now prepared for the transition to professional level.

"Adam has all the attributes to learn from his first Scotland cap and go on to have a very successful career."

Ashe came through the Scotland age-grade ranks and featured in the national sevens team in season 2011-12.

A former Alva Academy pupil, he has played club rugby for Hillfoots and Stirling County.

Ashe is Townsend's sixth signing of the summer.

Three of them are props - South African tight-head Rossouw de Klerk, Scotland star Euan Murray and Alex Allan, who moved along the M8 from Edinburgh.

Ayr scrum-half Murray McConnell has joined the squad, while centre James Downey has signed from Munster.

Warriors take on English Aviva Premiership aces Harlequins in a pre-season friendly at Scotstoun on Saturday, August 23.