Glasgow Warrior and Scotland winger Sean Lamont has signed a new deal that will keep him at Scotstoun until next season, at least.
At the grand old age of 35 he is now technically qualified to play veterans rugby, but has made it clear he has no intention of slowing down and is adamant that there’s plenty of rugby life left in him yet.
[blockquote author=”Sean Lamont” pull=”normal”]“I feel I’ve still got more to give and I’m enjoying being part of a winning team.”[/blockquote]
And who can blame him, whilst not making the squad for the Japanese tour, he played in Scotland’s last match against Ireland and has, despite missing the start of the season whilst away at Rugby World Cup, turned out 9 times for his club so far this term.
[blockquote author=”Gregor Townsend” pull=”normal”]“He’s shown that his motivation levels are just as high as ever and his rugby ability is clear for all to see.”[/blockquote]
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Whilst most players are collecting their rugby equivalent of a bus pass at 35, Lamont is insistant that he’ll never voluntarily retire saying he’ll “only stop when they tell me I’m surplus to requirements”.
They say the first thing to go with age is your speed, the last being your strength. This explains why we’ve seen forwards like All Black Brad Thorn and Scotland’s own Nathan Hines playing well into middle age. But when it comes to the fast men few make it past 32. All of which makes Lamont’s continued presence in the fastest position on the field even more unusual.
Part of this is down to the fact that, whilst no slouch, he was never necessarily the most electric winger preferring to use his footwork skills and physicality to beat players – something he still does to this day. The other being his sheer force of will. In every team in which he’s played he’s always been the most passionate guy on the pitch. So it’s a testament to his character that this intensity has not waned one iota over the years and is still driving him on to this day.
So a big congratulations are due to Sean, or Schlong as he was dubbed following his appearance in racy French calendar Dieux du Stade (which for those interested you can still buy here). Let’s hope he can continue to play on for years to come. And who knows, maybe he’ll even become the first professional rugby granddad (hopefully minus the calendar shoots).
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