Planet Rugby



Edinburgh hand out senior contracts

28th April 2014 14:13


Alan Solomons Edinburgh DOR 2013

Pleased: Alan Solomons

Edinburgh confirmed on Monday the addition of three promising home-grown, youth-level Scottish players to the senior squad.

Elite development players Hamish Watson (back-row), George Turner (hooker) and Jamie Farndale (wing) have all been awarded extended, senior contracts at the club.

With young Scottish centres Michael Tait, Chris Dean and wing Damien Hoyland also among the coming summer's new recruits, head coach Alan Solomons believes the foundations of his long-term strategy are beginning to take shape.

"This development is critical to the future of Edinburgh," said Solomons.

"The key is to understand our vision, and that vision is to build a sustainable club through the medium of our academy of young Scottish players who are introduced into an experienced and strong team, that will aid and abet their development.

"Scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne is a fine young player and is a good example of how we are already giving effect to this vision, having been brought in from our EDP programme earlier this season.

"At loose-forward, Hamish [Watson] is a terrific young talent.

"He hasn't had a lot of opportunities this year but he will make his mark next year, I have no doubt about that. He has a lot of promise.

"George Turner is a really promising young hooker. He is a dynamic, explosive player and I think this new contract and increased exposure is going to make a huge difference to him.

"I expect him to grow as a player in leaps and bounds.

"Jamie [Farndale] is another fine athlete who joins our senior squad.

"He's one of three of these players [as well as Hoyland and Dean] featuring in this summer's IRB Junior World Championships in New Zealand.

"We wish them all the very best in the tournament and look forward to welcoming them back and getting them up to speed with the rest of the squad for the season ahead.

"Overall, at this point, this amounts to six new, young Scottish players that have been lined up for next season's senior squad, which I think is very positive."

  • Edinburgh Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
All times are local
Guinness PRO12
Friday , October 31
Leinster vs Edinburgh19:35
Sunday , November 23
Edinburgh vs Cardiff Blues16:00
Saturday , November 29
Zebre vs Edinburgh16:00
Friday , December 19
Edinburgh vs Benetton Treviso19:35
Saturday , December 27
Glasgow vs Edinburgh14:40
Friday , January 9
Connacht vs Edinburgh19:35
Wednesday, January 14
Edinburgh vs OspreysTBC
More Guinness PRO12 fixtures
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Friday , October 24
Edinburgh vs LOU Rugby19:45
Saturday , December 6
Edinburgh vs London WelshTBC
Saturday , December 13
London Welsh vs EdinburghTBC
More European Rugby Challenge Cup fixtures
  • Edinburgh Results
Recent Results
All times are local
European Rugby Challenge Cup
Friday , October 17
Bordeaux-Begles 13 - 15 EdinburghBordeaux-Begles vs Edinburgh Report
More European Rugby Challenge Cup results
Guinness PRO12
Saturday , October 11
Edinburgh 24 - 10 Newport Gwent D'gonsEdinburgh vs Newport Gwent D
Friday , October 3
Ulster 30 - 0 Edinburgh
Friday , September 26
Edinburgh 20 - 20 Scarlets
Sunday , September 21
Ospreys 62 - 13 Edinburgh
Friday , September 12
Edinburgh 13 - 14 Connacht
Friday , September 5
Munster 13 - 14 Edinburgh
More Guinness PRO12 results
  • Table
Guinness PRO12 Table
10Cardiff Blues67