Barclay to swap Scarlets for Edinburgh

Date published: November 17 2017

Edinburgh have announced the signing of Scotland captain John Barclay, who will arrive from PRO14 rivals the Scarlets on a two-year deal.

The 64-times capped flanker will join the club at the end of 2017/18 from the Welsh region whom he skippered to last season's PRO12 title.

The 31-year-old, who will return to Scotland after five years in South-West Wales, told Edinburgh's website: "I spoke with Richard Cockerill and he outlined his vision for the future.

"Edinburgh as a club, and as a city, has a huge amount of potential and I can see what they are trying to do, so I’m looking forward to being a part of it. Scotland is home, so it’ll be great to come back and play at one of my home clubs."

On securing the services of Barclay, Edinburgh Head Coach Richard Cockerill, said: "We’re delighted that a player of John’s calibre has chosen to join Edinburgh.

"He’s a terrific player, with a proven track record and his leadership values will only add to the strong culture we’re building at this club. John is committed to taking Edinburgh forward and his ambition to create a winning environment will benefit our squad immensely."