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Hoyland signs for Edinburgh

11th February 2014 10:28

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Starlet: Damien Hoyland

Edinburgh have snapped up Melrose and Scotland U20 winger Damien Hoyland on a two-year contract from the end of the season.

Born and raised in the capital, the former James Gillespie's high school pupil is considered one of the top Scottish prospects to have come through the region's player pathway while playing for former club, Boroughmuir and attending the rugby performance course at Telford College.

During that time he developed a reputation for his searing pace and try-scoring exploits, registering a brace in last season's U20 Six Nations win over Ireland at Netherdale when he was brought into regional academy, supported by the Sportscotland Institute of Sport, in the season he signed for Melrose (2012/13).

With six tries tries in 11 appearances for Scotland U20 his signature means the club has secured one of the nation's most prolific age-grade internationalists going into 2014 IRB Junior World Championships.

"It's hard to put into words how happy I am to get this opportunity," said Hoyland.

"I've always dreamed that I might get this chance since I started playing rugby so I'm absolutely delighted, especially as it's with Edinburgh who I've supported from a young age. It's quite surreal really.

"I was invited to spend a couple of months with the squad from October to December which really helped. I met and travelled with the team and was exposed to the intensity of their training.

"There's a lot of experience in the Edinburgh squad and I could feel myself getting better even in that short time so I'm really happy to be given an opportunity to be part of that longer-term.

"It's taken a huge amount of work and support to get me to this point. I've been fortunate to have a lot of good people around me who have helped my rugby develop."

"This is very positive news for the club," added head coach Alan Solomons.

"I heard about Damien [Hoyland] through the feedback we receive from the domestic club scene and the scouts and coaches we have watching games in the RBS Premiership.

"We had a closer look at him in training at Murrayfield and have taken him on a couple of away matches to introduce him to our squad and set-up, and show him how we operate.

"He's a talented, young Scottish player and it's great that he joins us for next season."

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