"We're pleased that Matt has an early release from his contract with the Impala Leopards in South Africa," David Jordan, Glasgow's chief executive, said today [Monday 23 June] in announcing his full squad. "Glasgow are sure to benefit from the experience and knowledge he and Cammy will bring."
Proudfoot, while with Edinburgh, won three caps at tight head for Scotland on the 1998 tour to Fiji and Australia, but a neck injury little more than a year later forced the South African-born forward out of rugby. He resumed playing with the Leopards, and in the past year he joined the Blue Bulls' Super 12 squad. Earlier this month the 31-year-old prop renewed acquaintances with former colleagues when he visited the Scotland squad on tour in South Africa.
Mather was in Watsonians' team who won the Scottish championship in 1998 before he embarked on a professional career with Edinburgh, Worcester, and Leeds. During his Edinburgh sojourn the back-row forward was capped four times in season 1999-2000, including twice in the World Cup.
Glasgow have also enlisted Joe Beardshaw, the 6ft 5in lock forward released by London Wasps, and a couple of players from Sydney, Australia - Paul Dearlove, a 6ft 5in No.8 from Sydney University, who has been on the verge of the ACT Brumbies' squad, and Dan Parks, a stand-off from the Easts club.
Dearlove joined the Glasgow players in initial training today, and Beardshaw will link up with the squad on Monday next week [30 June]. Proudfoot will join in a month later, but it will be September before Parks arrives because of his club commitments in Australia.
Sean Lamont, the Rotherham wing who has made a name for himself in the Scotland sevens squad, also has joined Glasgow. Other signings include Graeme Morrison, the Glasgow Hawks centre who is currently with the Scotland squad in the Under-21 World Cup in England, David Millard, the wing from Aberdeen Grammar, and Simon Gunn, the hooker who was with The Borders last season.
Glasgow's full squad for the coming season:
Matt Proudfoot (prop from Blue Bulls, South Africa)
Euan Murray (prop from Glasgow Hawks)
Simon Gunn (hooker from The Borders)
Joe Beardshaw (lock from London Wasps)
Cameron Mather (back row from Leeds Tyke)
Paul Dearlove (No.8 from Sydney University)
Sam Pinder (scrum half from Auckland)
Dan Parks (stand-off from Easts, Sydney)
Graeme Morrison (centre from Glasgow Hawks)
Gareth McClure (centre from Newcastle Falcons)
Sean Lamont (wing from Rotherham)
David Millard (wing from Aberdeen GSFP)
Scott Lawson (hooker from Melrose)
Mark McMillan (scrum half from Stirling County)