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Moseley lock Aly Muldowney heads for Glasgow

Sean Lineen eyes the Magners League trophy
Lineen's side are in the running for the Magners League title

Glasgow Warriors have beaten Guiness Premiership clubs to confirm the signing of lock Aly Muldowney from English Championship outfit Moseley.

The 26-year-old second row preferred the prospect of challenging for a league title in the Celtic set-up.

"Despite offers from the Guinness Premiership, I was attracted to playing in the Magners League," said English-born Muldowney.

"Instead of fighting against relegation, you're playing to win."

Muldowney is a latecomer to rugby, having previously excelled at football and basketball, playing for Stoke Steelers in Division Two of the National Basketball League.

It's fantastic for me to sign my first full-time contract with such a professional club

Moseley forward Aly Muldowney

He first played rugby with his hometown club, Stafford, before joining Stourbridge in 2005 then signing for his current club in 2008.

Muldowney, who qualifies for Scotland through his grandfather, Bill Morrison, from Perth, was impressed by what he has seen in Glasgow.

"Firhill and the new training facility at Scotstoun are absolutely top drawer," he said ahead of his summer switch from the Birmingham club.

"So it's fantastic for me to sign my first full-time contract with such a professional club.

"It's always been my ambition to play at as high a level as possible and I believe that Glasgow was a great option due to the appeal of playing in the Magners League and Heineken Cup.

"I now need to knuckle down and earn a place in what is a very competitive squad."

Warriors head coach Sean Lineen, whose side have qualified for this season's Magners League play-offs, said that Muldowney had shone in the second tier of English rugby.

"Aly has impressed in the Championship," said Lineen. "He's a big lad and is a good ball-carrying second row.

"He is Scottish-qualified and could be a real rough diamond, so I'm looking forward to working with him."

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