Monday, February 17, 2014

Carlin Isles Signs to Play for Glasgow

The story of Carlin Isles is taking another unexpected turn as it's been confirmed the American speedster is heading to Europe to continue his rugby career.  Earlier this week Isles signed a deal with the Glasgow Warriors of the RaboDirect Pro 12 league, and is slated to head to Europe next week.

It was only a few weeks ago in Las Vegas we thought we saw the last of Isles on a rugby field, as he gave a farewell speech to the crowd.  Isles signed a futures contract with the Detroit Lions that would make him eligible to make the 2014 NFL roster. Many thought this would be his future due the the financial benefits of signing an NFL contract.

Today's news of a signing with Glasgow means Isles will be able to remain playing rugby.  To this point Isles has played limited minutes in the 15's game.  He's suited up for the San Diego Old Aztecs, but that's been the extent of his 15's experience.  By moving to Glasgow the speedster will have the opportunity to expand his game in an environment conducive to developing players.

The Glasgow Warriors have been on an American buying frenzy as of late.  Last week the Warriors signed Folau Niua from the US Eagles sevens side. 

The move to Europe means Carlin Isles will get the pay increase he desires.  More importantly he will be able to continue playing rugby, and learning the game.  Thus allowing him to remained focused on his goal of competing in the Olympics.

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