London - Fiji scrumhalf Niko Matawalu has secured a return
to Glasgow on a one-year contract with an option for a second year, the
Scottish Pro14 club announced on Thursday.
The 28-year-old returns to Scotstoun after problematic
spells with English Premiership sides Bath and Exeter, having previously spent
three years at Glasgow between 2012 and 2015.
"I'm really looking forward to playing in front of the
fans again," Matawalu said in comments on the Glasgow website.
"It means so much to me. Glasgow Warriors was my first
professional club and first club outside of Fiji and it's where I met a lot of
Matawalu, capped 32 times by Fiji, has endured a difficult
time in England.
Injuries restricted him to just 10 appearances for Bath and
he subsequently joined Exeter last November, only to be released earlier this
year after failing to make a single appearance.
He also appeared in court earlier this year after being
accused of sexual assault, but was cleared of the charges earlier this month.
"He's been out of footy for a fair amount of time, so
the next month will be about getting his body right so that once he gets his
opportunity, he's ready to fire," said Glasgow's new head coach Dave
"I've seen Niko play a lot of test footy for Fiji and
for Glasgow Warriors, when they won the title too. He's a bit of a freak on the
field. He's a game-breaker."