Edinburgh scrum-half Sean Kennedy has signed professional terms with the club.
The Scotland A and Sevens representative was part of the national elite development programme at Edinburgh but last season was drafted across to Glasgow Warriors as injury cover where he put in some top showings and earned a place in the Scot's pre-Six Nations training squad.
The 22-year-old has now committed himself to Edinburgh, much to his delight.
"I'm really chuffed. I've come through the age-grades on the EDP programme and have kept working and developing from there. It's another step in the right direction for me as a player and I'm really enjoying it," he told the club's official website.
"The experience I gained from last season was invaluable. As an EDP player all you want is game time and I got more than I expected, which was brilliant.
"I was surprised to be named in the Scotland training squad but, at the same time, I didn't think it was out of my reach and never felt out of place. To train with the squad and start for Scotland A was incredible, especially as I was still an EDP.
"As a senior player, more is now expected of me off the field, like helping the younger players find their feet, especially as I've just come out of the programme. I want to lead by example.
"But nothing changes in terms of how hard I work or how much I want to improve. I always want to be better, challenge and become the starting nine."
Interim Edinburgh head coach Stevie Scott admits he is not only happy to have tied down Kennedy but also with the competition on offer for the number nine jersey.
"We're delighted have secured the services of such a promising home-grown talent," said Scott.
"He's a product of Alloa, Stirling County and the elite development programme and, having honed his skills on the international sevens circuit, has shone on the senior stage.
"His full-time signing means we now have fierce competition in a crucial position, with captain Greig Laidlaw also under pressure from Chris Leck, Alex Black and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, who's currently on the Macphail scholarship in New Zealand.
"Such strength in depth is key to any squad's success and I'm sure it will become an intriguing part of the club's future campaigns."