Matt Scott returns to Edinburgh

Date published: February 21 2018

Scotland centre Matt Scott has penned a two-year deal to re-join his hometown club after two seasons in the Premiership with Gloucester.

Capped 39-times for Scotland, the 27-year-old started his career with Edinburgh in 2011 and amassed 74 appearances for the capital club before moving south to join the Cherry and Whites. 

The centre, who crossed the whitewash 15 times during a five-year spell with Edinburgh, will re-join the squad in the summer.

On signing for Edinburgh, Scott said: “I’m very happy to have agreed to return to Edinburgh Rugby.

“Having spoken with Richard Cockerill about what he has done so far at the club and his vision for the future, I have no doubt that it will be a fantastic environment moving forward.

“I can’t wait to get back playing with some of my best mates and pushing to win trophies with my hometown club.

“I’ve had a great two years at Gloucester and believe I’m a far better player and person from my experiences in the Premiership.”

A product of Currie High School, Scott’s early career saw him represent Edinburgh district, as well as Scotland at U19 and U20 levels.

The centre signed his first professional contract with Edinburgh in April 2011 and made his competitive debut for the club against Cardiff Blues in September of the same year.

Scott earned his first call-up to the Scotland squad ahead of the 2012 Six Nations and gained his first cap as a replacement in the 32-14 defeat against Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.

In the same year, the centre made his first international start in the historic 9-6 victory over Australia in New South Wales and continued as first choice for the other wins over Fiji and Samoa.

Scott played a key role during Edinburgh’s successful 2011/12 season in which they became the first Scottish team to qualify for a European Cup semi-final.

On the signing of Scott, Edinburgh Head Coach, Richard Cockerill said: “We’re delighted that Matt will be joining the squad next season. He’s a terrific player, who has a lot of experience both domestically and on the international stage.

“Matt has shown throughout his career that he’s a dynamic ball carrier and his leadership abilities on and off the field will only help develop the strong culture that we’re building here in Edinburgh.”