Dell wants to make up for lost time after extending the contract with the Warriors

The 31-year-old tie played 34 times for Scotland and was called up to New Zealand for the 2017 Lions tour, but endured a frustrating first season on the Scotstoun payroll after moving north from London Irish last summer.

His playing time last season was limited to five appearances due to a calf injury in the first half of the season and the good form of his rivals for the No. 1 shirt, led by Jamie Bhatti and Nathan McBeth.

“I’m really looking forward to staying with the Warriors,” Dell said. “My first season here didn’t go as I had hoped personally due to injuries, so I’m looking forward to a new season with a new opportunity to be on the pitch.

“It was great to see what we are capable of [as a team] this season and I look forward to seeing what we can do next season. I can’t wait to be a part of it.”

Dell played five seasons for Edinburgh and three seasons for London Irish. Born and raised in South Africa, he received the Springbok award at the under 20 level and is eligible to wear the Thistle through his Paisley-born grandmother.

“After struggling with injuries for most of last season, Allan worked hard and capitalized on opportunities when he was available,” said Warriors head coach Franco Smith. “He’s a dynamic player and works really well in our style of rugby. He fits in well with the rest of the squad and is working hard to secure his place on Matchday 23.

“He has shown great determination and was fit again at the right time to make a difference at the end of the season and it will be great to see more of him next season.”

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