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Denton staying with Edinburgh

19th December 2013 11:14

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Charging on: David Denton

Edinburgh have retained the services of Scotland number eight David Denton for a further two seasons in the Scottish capital.

Denton had been a reported transfer target for Leicester Tigers, but the 23-year-old born in Zimbabwe has elected to stay in Scotland.

"It's awesome news, this caps off a good year for me," said Denton.

"I've really enjoyed my time at Edinburgh Rugby and I think the new coaching team of Alan [Solomons], Omar [Mouneimne] and Stevie [Scott] has been a great change for the club.

"They've been a big influence on me already. I've a huge amount of respect for them and I think they are the right people to take this club forward.

"There is a very bright future for this club and I want to be part of it."

"This news is massively important for both Edinburgh and Scotland," said Solomons.

"David is blessed with wonderful physical attributes. He's a big, powerful, explosive athlete and a tremendous ball carrier.

"What is important for me, however, is his willingness to up his work-rate and to get involved in facets other than the ball carrying, for which he is renowned.

"He has a very promising career ahead of him. He has made a tremendous contribution already this season and will go on to play a very big part in this club going forward.

In other news, Edinburgh have recruited East Auckland stand-off Tony Fenner on a month-long loan deal after it was confirmed that incumbent pivot Harry Leonard could miss the rest of the calendar year with a thigh injury.

A quadricep tear meant Leonard missed Sunday's Heineken Cup win over Gloucester, and sees him join fellow fly halves Gregor Hunter (knee) and Piers Francis (foot) on the sidelines - with the prognosis of this pair longer-term.

Full back Greig Tonks stepped in to orchestrate the back-line admirably at the weekend however the club deemed that emergency cover was required in such a busy period in the fixture calendar.

"Tony [Fenner] has trained with the team this week and travelled to Kingsholm with the squad to get to know his new teammates," added Solomons.

"He will now feature in our plans for some huge games this month, first against Leinster - a massively powerful Irish province - and then in our derby matches against our rivals Glasgow Warriors.

"It's a big opportunity for him."

The former England schoolboy representative played domestic rugby for the Eastern Province Kings in South Africa, before moving to East Auckland club Pakuranga.

Considered an astute decision maker and accurate goal-kicker, Fenner was the competition's top points' scorer before making two appearances for the Auckland province.

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