Damian Hoyland signs on for one more year with Edinburgh

Head coach Richard Cockerill praises winger's attitude and work-rate after injury-ravaged couple of seasons

After missing several months of the season through injury, Damian Hoyland impressed enough on his return to earn a place in the Edinburgh team for their European Champions Cup quarter-final clash against Munster. Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson

DAMIAN HOYLAND has signed on with Edinburgh for one more season. The 25-year-old winger has been capped four time by Scotland in either summer tour of World Cup warm-up matches, but is not involved in the training squad for this year’s World Cup, which means he could be a valuable member of the team’s early season campaign during which time Blair Kinghorn and Darcy Graham are likely to be over in Japan.

The Edinburgh-native has struggled with injury and form in recent years, managing just five appearances last season and nine (including six in the Challenge Cup) during the 2017-18 campaign – but head coach Richard Cockerill says he has been impressed by the player’s attitude and work-rate.

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“Damien has unfortunately had a tough time with injuries the past two seasons, but we were really impressed with his mind-set and the way in which he returned to action this year,” said Cockerill, who played Hoyland for the full 80 minutes during their Champions Cup quarter-final defeat to Munster in April. “He’s an international winger that has shown he can perform at the highest level. It will be hugely beneficial for him get a full pre-season under his belt and he will be an important player for us at a key position.”

Hoyland made his Edinburgh debut against Ospreys in February 2015 and has accumulated 63 appearances so far for the club, scoring 20 tries along the way.  “I’m really excited to have signed for a further year with my hometown club,” he said. “We’ve got a great squad in place here and I can’t wait to play my part in helping this team achieve some great things. I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in next season.”

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