Wallabies and Waratahs forward Jack Dempsey will join Glasgow Warriors for the 2021-22 season, the Scottish club has announced.
The 26-year-old back rower, who has been capped 14 times by Australia, is the latest addition to head coach Danny Wilson’s pack but admits it was an “incredibly tough” decision to leave the Waratahs.
He has scored eight tries in 44 appearances for the Super Rugby side with whom he claimed the Australian conference title on two occasions during his seven seasons in New South Wales.
Dempsey told the Warriors’ official website: “I’m very excited to be starting the next phase of my professional rugby career in Scotland with Glasgow Warriors for the upcoming 2021-22 season.
“Departing NSW was an incredibly tough decision. It’s a club I have spent my entire professional career (at) since joining at the end of 2014.
“However, the move to Glasgow presents such a different challenge both in lifestyle and rugby, and personally it feels like the right time to take that challenge head-on.”
Welcoming Dempsey to Scotstoun, Wilson said: “Jack is a really exciting addition to our squad.
“For a 26-year-old, he’s very experienced. He can play across the back row and is extremely dynamic, a great ball carrier and an impressive defender, who gets over in the ball and jackals well.
“We’ve been looking to strengthen our back-row options for next season and Jack is just the man to do that.”