New deal for Burleigh

Date published: February 9 2016

Edinburgh have announced that fly-half or centre Phil Burleigh has signed a new contract that keeps him at the PRO12 club until May 2018.

Burleigh is the latest to stay in black and red after ten players were already announced as committing their futures to the club next season.

"I'm loving my time here, the club’s heading in the right direction under the guidance of Solly [Alan Solomons] and the other coaches so I see a good future for Edinburgh Rugby and I want to be part of it," he told the club website.

Burleigh joined Edinburgh at the start of season 2014, at the conclusion of his Super Rugby season with the Dunedin-based Highlanders, and made his debut off the bench in the opening PRO12 round victory over Munster.

An early casualty of last season's Challenge Cup home match against Lyon, injury curtailed his involvement during the latter months of 2014 however he returned for the 1872 Scottish Cup win. His half-back partnership with Sam Hidalgo-Clyne in the Challenge Cup semi-final win over Dragons was central to the victory and his performance in the match much lauded.

"Winning the 1872 Scottish Cup twice now has been pretty big. My first year here I didn't realise how big it was and this year I really felt the buzz," he added.

"I think we're building nicely towards our targets in the league this year and the next couple of seasons I see us challenging for more finals."

Head coach Alan Solomons said of the news: "It is fantastic news for the club that Burls [Phil Burleigh] has decided to extend his contract.

"He's not only a great bloke and good team man but an outstanding and astute footballer.

"He has made a huge contribution to the development of the team since his arrival in Edinburgh.

"I am really looking forward to us continuing to work together as we strive to build on what has been achieved to date."