Shiells leaves Bath for Edinburgh

Date published: November 14 2014

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Bath prop Grant Shiells will join Edinburgh less than six months after he arrived at the Recreation Ground from Newcastle.

Bath prop Grant Shiells has been released to join Edinburgh less than six months after he arrived at the Recreation Ground from Newcastle.

Scottish-born Shiells, who arrived in the summer, is being allowed to leave to seek more game time, and will join up with his new club this week.

Commenting on the move, Bath head coach Mike Ford, said: “It’s a shame to see Grant go, as he had settled in well here at Bath.

“However, we are fortunate to have good strength in depth in the front row and so game time has been limited for Grant.

“We know it’s important for him to keep developing as a player, and we wish him all the best with Edinburgh.”

Prior to running out at the Rec, he spent five seasons with the Falcons, after signing from Kelso RFC in the summer of 2009.

His first premiership start for Falcons, in his debut season, was the win over Sale which secured the club’s place in Premiership rugby for the following season – they went on to finish 9th in the league that year.

Shiells, who starts training with, Edinburgh on Friday, said: “Edinburgh was the team that I grew up supporting so I’m looking forward to joining the squad.

“When I was younger, I used to enjoy watching Todd Blackadder – a big, impressive ball carrier – and more recently, Fordy [Ross Ford]. Obviously he’s a Kelso boy too, and I looked up to him.

“I knew Michael Tait and Fraser McKenzie from Newcastle and then there’s Grant Gilchrist and Rambo [Stuart McInally] who I played alongside at Scotland under-20 level.”

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