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Edinburgh prop jets in early

31st March 2014 15:34

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New Edinburgh prop Simon Berghan checked in at Murrayfield on Monday to add his sizeable weight to the side's season run in.

The loan of outbound prop Geoff Cross to Glasgow Warriors meant the tighthead responsibility rested on Willem Nel and elite development prop Ewan McQuillin, leading the club to negotiate Berghan's early release and arrival.

After completing today's medical, he is now immediately available for PRO12 action.

"I feel good at the moment, I was pretty rushed back home - literally given about five days notice to pick up and shift," said Berghan.

"It was a bit of a relief to get on the plane and leave all that behind. I'm ready to get stuck in and am pretty excited.

"This afternoon I'm moving into my new place and just find my bearings. I just need to find my feet and not rush myself too much.

"There's a huge plus side to coming earlier, it's perfect.

"I have eight weeks to get ready, then a short off season, before getting back into training in pre-season. Everything will be sorted out by that stage."

23-year-old Berghan, who can play on both sides of the scrum, was born in Christchurch and has played at development level for the Crusaders.

He is already eligible to represent Scotland through a grandfather from Stirling, and is excited to seize his one-year opportunity with Edinburgh.

"I've just spoken to [head coach] Alan Solomons who's really excited about next season and to be part of that is pretty huge so I'm really looking forward to that, but I've also got a job to do this season as well," added Berghan.

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