JAMIE Farndale and Damien Hoyland have both agreed new contracts with Edinburgh as head coach Richard Cockerill continues with his plans for next season. It is a first permanent deal with the team for Farndale, who had been on a loan signing from the national Sevens squad, while for Hoyland the agreement lengthens an association that began when he joined from Melrose back in 2014.
“I’m delighted to sign this deal,” 25-year-old winger Farndale said. “Edinburgh is the club that I grew up supporting and having come through the club’s age-grade teams and academy system, it has been a huge part of my rugby career.
“The team is in a very exciting place just now. The boys that are here and the environment and coaching all make it a great place to be. I really believe there are big days for the club not so far away and I’m excited for the opportunity to be part of that.”
Twenty-six-year-old Hoyland, who plays at full-back as well as on the wing, also expressed his pleasure at remaining part of Cockerill’s plans. “I’m delighted to have committed my future to my home club,” he said. “We’re on the brink of achieving something special here and I’m really excited to be part of that.
“I’ve had a tough couple of years with injury setbacks, but I’m really happy with where I am physically right now thanks to our amazing rehab team. I finally feel like I’m in a position to kick on and keep improving my rugby and I’m excited to see where that takes me. The group of guys we have here are like family and I’m looking forward to grafting with them for the seasons ahead.”
Cockerill said: “Damien has been impressive since returning from injury and has been very dependable whether operating on the wing or at fullback.
“He’s an Edinburgh man and core member of this squad. We’re delighted that he’ll continue his rugby development with this club in the seasons to come.
“We’re delighted that Jamie has signed on a permanent deal. He’s a hardworking player who always gives 100 percent. Jamie’s skill set brings something different to our back-three and we’re excited to see him kick on further at his hometown team.”