Weir swaps Glasgow for Edinburgh

Date published: January 24 2016

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Edinburgh have confirmed that Scotland and Glasgow Warriors' fly-half Duncan Weir will be joining the club at the start of next season, on a two-year contract.

Weir said: "It's a new challenge for me and one I'm looking forward to. I feel I've improved a lot during my time at Glasgow and I'm looking forward to adding to that at Edinburgh, not only continuing my development but helping the team to improve, too.

"Having played with Glasgow for six years it's also exciting to be moving to explore Edinburgh and start growing my connection with the city.”

A product of the Cambuslang club, Weir attracted the attention of a number of senior Scottish football clubs before deciding to concentrate on rugby.

He was a member of Scottish Rugby's national academy in 2009/10 and played through the age grades, winning his first Scotland cap against France in the 2012 Six Nations.

His final minute drop-goal secured Scotland a 21-20 win over Italy in the 2014 Six Nations and his 79th minute penalty was key in a 21-19 defeat of Argentina.

He said: "It does help the transition, knowing a number of the Edinburgh players from Scotland duty and, for much of that time, having worked with Hodgey [Duncan Hodge, now Edinburgh assistant coach].

"That was a key part of making the move over. I've known Hodgey for close to ten years now, I have a really good relationship with him, he's a great guy and a good Edinburgh man.

"I'm really looking forward to working alongside him – as a 10 I'm still pretty young at 24 so I still want to develop and work on all aspects of my game.”

The opportunity to build on Edinburgh's defensive platform was also an attraction to Weir in making the move.

He said: "Edinburgh obviously have a fantastic set-piece and I know I'll get good ball off the forwards.

"The club are playing more attacking rugby now, too and, as a 10, the opportunity to bring even more fluency between the forwards and backs is key to a free-flowing attack and is an exciting challenge.”

Head coach Alan Solomons said: "It is a real boost for the club that Duncan has decided to join us.

"He is a quality player who has proven himself at international level.

"I have no doubt that he will add huge value to the team and I look forward to working with him.”

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