Edinburgh agree four-year deal with emerging hooker Patrick Harrison

20-year-old commits to capital club until the summer of 2027

Patrick Harrison has agreed a four-year deal with Edinburgh. Image: Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Patrick Harrison has agreed a four-year deal with Edinburgh. Image: Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

PATRICK HARRISON, one of the brightest prospects in Scottish rugby, has signed his first senior contract with Edinburgh, which will run for four-years.

The 20-year-old hooker, who made his debut for the club in March 2020 when he was just 18, steps up from the academy having scored three tries in six appearances so far this season, including 78th minute match-winner against Zebre Parma last weekend, while his acrobatic finish in last month’s 1872 Cup decider secured a vital losing bonus point.

“I’m really excited to stay at the club I’ve wanted to play for since I was a boy. I feel like I’ve worked really hard over the last two and a half years to get this point – so it really means a lot,” said the former Scotland Under-20s cap.


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“It’s always been my goal to earn a professional contract with Edinburgh Rugby and the support of the coaching staff has been massive in helping me reach this point. They’ve backed me and trusted me in big matches which has really helped my development as a pro player.

“Now it’s time to get my head down and continue to work. I don’t want to take any backward steps. I can’t wait to continue to represent a club and city that means so much to me.”

Harrison came through the ranks at West Linton Lions and Peebles RFC and steps up to a senior hooker group which includes Scotland internationalists Stuart McInally and Dave Cherry, as well as Adam McBurney and Tom Cruse.

“Paddy is a great guy to have around the club and I’ve been hugely impressed with his performances at senior level so far,” said head coach Mike Blair.

“Paddy backs himself and his own abilities, and I think that really shows in the way he carries himself both on the pitch and in training week to week.

“He’s always looking to drive his game forward and look for improvements and feedback – he’s very self-driven to succeed.”


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4 Comments

  1. He brought a real desire when he came on against zebre and he knows his way to the try line. Just needs a wee bit of work on his accuracy but that’ll come.

  2. Good business – the lad had a bright future and the others in his position aren’t getting any younger. If he can sort out accuracy in the line, we are looking at a future Scotland international.

  3. Great news, and certainly earned it thoroughly, Just waiting on all the “you only get picked up if your in private school” posters …

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    • It is good news and of course no one has ever said that you only get picked if your (sic) in private school because this would be very stupid bearing in mind a look at the various squads will show very many non-privately educated players.

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