Scottish international Jonny Gray was due to be the headline signing for the Exeter Chiefs ahead of the 2020/21 season, joining the club from Scottish side, Glasgow Warriors.
However, the Covid pandemic meant rugby was put on ice for a period during the 2019/20 season - and when it returned for it's culmination, the towering lock found himself running out in the colours of his new club.
Gray quickly settled to life in Devon, helping play a key role in helping the Chiefs lift both the Gallagher Premiership and Heineken Champions Cup titles.
The younger brother of Scottish and British and Irish Lion international Richie Gray, he started playing rugby at the age of seven for Cambuslang Rugby Club where he progressed from the mini section through to first XV regular at the age of 16.
Having joined the Warriors in 2012, Gray would spend eight successful years with the club, amassing 110 appearances, and helping play a prominent role as they claimed a maiden Pro12 title triumph during the 2014/15 season.
At just 21 years of age, Gray was named captain of Glasgow Warriors in November 2015, taking over from recently retired mentor Alastair Kellock. He became a co-captain with Henry Pyrgos for the 2016-17 season but following the arrival of Dave Rennie as Warriors Head Coach the club has reverted to a sole captaincy. For the 2017-18 season Rennie named Ryan Wilson as captain though Gray remains in the leadership group.
In January 2020, it was confirmed that Gray would join the Chiefs on a two-year contract, joining up with his Scotland team-mates Stuart Hogg, Sam Skinner and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne.