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Glasgow Warriors have snapped up Irish speedster Max McFarland

The 24-year-old Leinster academy product has signed a partnership contract with Scotland 7s.

Max McFarland makes a break for Clontarf.
Max McFarland makes a break for Clontarf.
Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

MAX McFARLAND HAS joined Glasgow Warriors until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old Irish speedster, who can play on the wing and at full-back, has signed a partnership contract with Scotland 7s, Glasgow announced this afternoon.

McFarland has been playing with Clontarf in the Ulster Bank League this season, having trained with Munster in the summer during their pre-season.

A product of the Leinster academy, McFarland was part of Clontarf’s victorious Division 1A side in 2014. He qualifies to play for Scotland via his Glasgow-born grandfather.

“The opportunity to work under Dave Rennie was a huge pull to come to Glasgow,” said McFarland, who represented Scotland 7s at the 2014 Grand Prix Series in Manchester.

“One of my coaches back in Clontarf used to work with Dave and I’ve only ever heard the best of things so I’m really looking forward to training under his guidance.

“The 7s are such a great group of boys, a good mix of experience and young fellas coming through and I’m excited to be involved with them as well as Glasgow.”

According to Glasgow, McFarland has previously posted sprint personal bests of 1.51 seconds over 10 metres and 3.63 seconds over 30 metres, which beats the club’s record for those distances, currently held by Lee Jones.

“Max is an exciting player whose acceleration has the ability to cause teams problems,” said Glasgow Warriors assistant coach Jason O’Halloran. “He will add to our already healthy competition in the wing position and we’re excited to see what he’s capable of.”

With eight wins from as many games, Glasgow Warriors currently hold a 12-point lead over Munster at the top of Conference A in the Guinness Pro14 ahead of Sunday’s visit to Ospreys.

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