Glasgow Warriors loose-head prop Jon Welsh - who played for the Braidholm side before turning professional in 2008 - has joined the new backroom team at the club.
He will link up with another Scotland cap, and club captain, Andy Henderson, as well as club and sevens internationalist Peter Jericevich and new head coach Craig Sorbie. Their combined ambition is to help the National league side earn promotion to the Premiership next season.
"Braidholm is a very special place for me and when they asked, I couldn't really say no," said Welsh, pictured, who has made nearly 100 appearances for the Warriors. "That's where I played most of my senior club rugby and GHA gave me a lot of opportunities. The club is a big reason I am where I am today. Hopefully I can help pay back what they gave to me."
Welsh was one of almost 20 Warriors players to complete their UKCC level two coaching qualification earlier this year. "It's a new challenge and, while Warriors will remain my priority, Gregor [Townsend, Glasgow's head coach] has been extremely supportive and he encourages the players to get involved in helping out at club and youth rugby where we can," said Welsh.
The 27-year-old was welcomed back to GHA yesterday by Sorbie. The coach hopes that the arrival of Welsh will inspire his players.
"Jon will be a great asset in helping to guide and develop our young players to the levels they need to get to if they are to make that step up," said Sorbie. "He also has an infectious enthusiasm and is someone we know the boys will enjoy working with."