CHRIS Dean has become the latest Edinburgh player to extend his stay with the team, agreeing a new contract of unspecified length the day after Pierre Schoeman did the same thing.
“I’m delighted to have re-signed with my hometown team and I’m looking forward to getting back out there soon,” said the 25-year-old centre, who is currently out of action with a pectoral injury. “The team is really going in the right direction and I believe this is the perfect place to get the best out of myself. I can’t wait to once again pull on an Edinburgh jersey and I’m really excited to continue to represent this city.”
Dean is due to be be back playing early in the New Year, but faces a tough fight to get into the team now that Mark Bennett and Matt Scott have re-established themselves as the first-choice centre partnership. Having said that, he was in the best form of his career last season, and head coach Richard Cockerill for one is looking forward to having him available again.
“Chris has played exceptionally well in my first two years here and is developing into a very good player,” Cockerill said. “I’m very happy that he’s committed his future to the club and it shows we’re building a core of local Scottish lads to lead this team in the future.”
Edinburgh’s preference for not specifying the lengths of new or extended contracts contrasts with Glasgow Warriors, who announced earlier today that Kyle Steyn, the centre-cum-winger, has signed a new two-year contract.