Watson commits future to Edinburgh

Date published: January 9 2017

Hamish Watson has extended his stay at Edinburgh with a new two-year deal until May 2019.

The 25-year old graduated from the club’s Academy into a fully professional contract in 2014 – a deal which was extended the following year – after spells with Scotland 7s and Leicester Tigers. He has since made 66 appearances for Edinburgh.

During his time at the club, he has played for Scotland on five occasions – most recently starting in all three of the national team’s 2016 November Tests – after debuting against Italy in the 2015 Six Nations.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be staying at Edinburgh,” Watson said in a club statement. “It’s a great club with a great squad, coaching team and backroom staff, and I love the city.

“I feel that this club is right for me to continue developing my game, and a place for me to stay and build on my Scotland caps.”

The announcement follows the news his national team back-row colleague Magnus Bradbury has re-signed with the club, further strengthening Edinburgh depth in the forward pack.

Acting head coach Duncan Hodge said: “Hamish is an outstanding individual, who gives everything for the team every time he’s on the park. As a coaching team, we are delighted Hamish has committed to the club for a further two seasons.”