Callum Hunter-Hill agrees two-year contract extension with Edinburgh

22-year-old second-row is 14th current player to have re-committed to capital outfit

Callum Hunter-Hill
Callum Hunter-Hill has put pen to paper on a two-year contract extension with Edinburgh. Image: Craig Watson

CALLUM HUNTER-HILL is the most recent Edinburgh squad member to re-commit to the club, with the 22-year-old having signed a two-year contract extension which will keep him in the capital until at least 2021. The former Scotland Under-20s captain has made 13 appearances for Richard Cockerill’s team so far this season and becomes the 14th current player to put pen-to-paper on a new deal.

“I’m really happy to re-sign with the club that I’ve supported since I was a kid,” said Hunter-Hill. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here and I’ve seen massive improvements over the last two years.

“With the upward curve that we’re on, it’s incredibly exciting to think where the club will be in another two years and I feel privileged and excited to be a part of that journey for the foreseeable future.”

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Cockerill welcomed the recapturing of one of the brightest young stars in the club game, who seems destined to challenge Grant Gilchrist and Ben Toolis for game time at both club and international level in the next few seasons.

“Callum has shown great promise this season, while his leadership in the second-row was vital during the both the Autumn Test and Six Nations period,” said the coach. “He continues to develop in his position and we’re looking forward to watching him mature further over the next two seasons.”

Hunter-Hill made his Edinburgh debut from the bench in the 48-21 victory over Southern Kings in December 2017 before joining English Premiership outfit Newcastle Falcons on a short-term deal in January 2018, with the former Stewart’s Melville pupil appearing against Bath in the Anglo-Welsh Cup.

With Scotland Toolis Grant Gilchrist on international duty, and first team regulars Fraser McKenzie and Lewis Carmichael both injured, Hunter-Hill was called upon in the early stages of the season, making a string of impressive appearances at the heart of the capital side’s pack.

The former Stirling County captain made the first of his 14 Scotland U20 appearances against England in the 2016 Six Nations and was a key man at the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship as the age-grade side secured their highest-ever finish of fifth place.

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