GLASGOW WARRIORS have signed up two more Scottish Rugby Academy products on professional deals after Paddy Kelly and George Horne penned contracts on Thursday. 

The pair made their debuts for the Pro12 club earlier this season, coming off the bench against Ospreys, and have both signed one-year deals at Scotstoun until May 2018.

Horne, younger brother of Warriors centre Peter, can play at either scrum-half or fly-half, while Kelly plays at centre. 

The duo, who currently represent Glasgow Hawks in the BT Premiership, join Lewis Wynne, Matt Smith and Jamie Bhatti in graduating to professional rugby for next season. 

"We’ve been in the academy for a couple of years now, so it’s good to take that next step up and I’m looking forward to the challenge," Horne told

“It was good to go and play with Scotland 7s. It was a different experience playing at a higher level, seeing some of the world and playing against some top guys. It has helped me and given me confidence going into the professional set-up and playing 15s.

“It was pretty special to play with my brother against Connacht. It made me relaxed, he helped me a lot and it was a special day for our family. Pete has had a great career so far and hopefully we’ll now get to play a few more games together for Glasgow.”

Kelly, who followed the likes of Adam Ashe, Jonny Gray and Finn Russell in winning Scottish Rugby's MacPhail Scholarship last year, said: "On the back of Scotland U20 we both joined the academy and although George was the season before me at London Scottish we’ve taken similar paths and it’s really good to go professional together.

“The academy is doing brilliantly, there has a been a good few years of players taking the next step and that reflects really well on the academy. We have learnt a lot and there is a good group of boys and coaches there as well.”

Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend added: “George and Paddy have worked extremely hard for this opportunity and it’s great to see two more players graduate from our academy.

“Five of our academy players have signed professional contracts with us this season and a total of 13 players who remain at the club have come through our system over the last three years. 

“It’s a testament of the quality of the young players in the west of Scotland and also a great reflection on the developmental pathway we have in place."