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Scott commits to Edinburgh

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons admits he was delighted to see "exceptional athlete" and Scotland international Matt Scott re-sign for the club on Wednesday.

The 23-year-old former Currie RFC player joined the club's elite development programme in the summer of 2011 and has extended his stay at Murrayfield to 2016.

Scott represented every age-grade as he came through the region's player pathway and broke onto the international scene in 2012, making his debut against Ireland in the Six Nations, before returning impressive performances in South Africa as he secured a regular starting berth in the Scotland side.

The centre joins compatriots David Denton, Alasdair Dickinson and Greig Tonks in extending their contracts with Edinburgh, who currently boast 15 Scotland internationals, and coach Solomons remains committed to developing home-grown talent.

"This is incredibly good news for us", Solomons said. "Matt [Scott] is an outstanding young talent who has now established himself at international level.

"It's great to have a Scottish player of that calibre commit himself to the future of this club. I think it speaks volumes and sends out a very positive message.

"Matt is an exceptional athlete. He is a physical and powerful player who runs good lines and presents a real threat to the opposition.

"The time is probably right for him to play a greater role in the broad leadership group within the club and I think he will have much to offer in that regard, particularly for young aspiring Scottish players."

Delighted

Since his arrival, the powerful, playmaking centre has racked up 44 appearances for the club and 19 caps for his country, in spite of ankle and hand injuries disrupting his current campaign.

He has scored once in his three appearances for Edinburgh Rugby this term and returned from the sidelines to feature for Scotland in the current Six Nations championship.

"I'm delighted to commit my future to Edinburgh Rugby, at a key time in my career, and at a club where a number of other senior Scotland internationalists have also signed on," Scott said at the announcement of his new deal at the Edinburgh Rugby Centre.

"I've made life-long friends at the club over the past few years and it's good that we're keeping a good core of guys that know how much it means to play for Edinburgh.

"That was key for me and I'm happy to be one of those guys and be part of building the club going forward."

Scott went on to applaud the systems set in place by Solomons and his coaching staff, claiming Edinburgh is the best place for him to continue in his development.

"The coaches run a very tight ship," he added. "There's no ambiguity about the way they want us to play or the standards they set.

"As a young player developing that's the kind of place I want to be."