Warriors call for Cusack

Scottish side seek scrummaging improvements with prop addition

Last Updated: 01/04/11 3:28pm

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Lineen: Pleased with signing

Lineen: Pleased with signing

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Glasgow Warriors have continued their squad-building process with the signing of a new player, as well as two more penning new contracts.

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"We've had him up here with Massimo Cuttitta doing a scrummaging session and he's phenomenally strong"
Sean Lineen Quotes of the week

Doncaster Knights prop Michael Cusack will join the Magners League club in the summer while hooker Pat MacArthur and centre/full-back Peter Murchie have committed their futures for another two years.

Ex-Leeds player Cusack comes highly recommended from former Edinburgh coach, and current Doncaster supremo, Lynn Howells and the Scotland national team's scrummaging expert Massimo Cuttitta.

And Cusack said: "I really want to make the step up into the Magners League and the Heineken Cup. Both tournaments are a real attraction.

"There a lot of great things going on in Glasgow.

"The facilities at Scotstoun are great and there are a lot of good quality players in the squad - especially with the number of Scottish internationalists the club produces."

Phenomenal

On recruiting the 26-year-old, head coach Sean Lineen said: "Michael Cusack is a fantastic signing for us.

"He is most probably one of the two best scrummaging tight-heads in the English Championship, which is the testing ground in England.

"We've had him up here with Massimo Cuttitta doing a scrummaging session and he's phenomenally strong.

"It's the type of guy that we need here and that will add to the competition we have in the front row. This guy really wants to go places, he's very determined."

On MacArthur, Lineen said: "I've been very impressed with Pat's attitude.

"He's had to be patient because there have been parts of his game he needed to work on.

"But he's turning into a real modern-day hooker with good pace and strength."

Lineen has also been impressed with the way in which Murchie has settled into life with the Warriors since joining from London Welsh in 2009.

"Pete is a brave player," he continued. "He's committed to the Glasgow culture and what we're trying to develop here.

"He's improved physically over the last couple of years and has a fantastic attitude."

Warriors also confirmed that 34-year-old Canadian prop Kevin Tkachuk will leave at the end of the season, with Lineen adding: "Kev has been a great servant to Glasgow. He is a committed team man and a tremendous person.

"He's been crucial to our success over the last few years as we've been building and has been ever-present in the squad. I wish him well for when he moves on."

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