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Edinburgh sign hooker Cochrane

27th January 2014 14:54

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Edinburgh-bound: Neil Cochrane

Edinburgh have confirmed the signing of former Scotland U21 hooker and captain Neil Cochrane from London Wasps until 2016.

The hooker's signature comes after a nine-year exile south of the border, with eight years spent in the Championship followed by a season with London Wasps in the Premiership.

The ex-Boroughmuir high school pupil, who made a positional switch from back-row to hooker mid career, will arrive ahead of next season as part of the club's ongoing plans to act early and build a formidable squad for the forthcoming campaign.

"I'm an Edinburgh boy so it's great to fulfill a life-long ambition to play for the team where I was born and grew up," said Cochrane.

"It's taken nine hard years of graft to prove my worth. I never gave up on earning a return to Edinburgh and I'm really excited to join.

"Wasps helped me prove that I was capable of playing at that level, so when Edinburgh came knocking at the door it was a dream come true."

"What's important here is that we have a good Scottish player who has gone away and done it the tough, hard way," said head coach Alan Solomons.

"We've kept a very close eye on Neil [Cochrane] who's got talent.

"It's great to bring a player who's from the region back into the fold.

"He's exceptionally committed to coming here. A guy like that will be massively motivated and I think will add a lot of value to our side."

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