EDINBURGH have handed a trio of academy prospects their first full-time contracts with full-back Harry Paterson, stand-off/centre Cammy Scott and loose-head prop Mikey Jones all agreeing terms with the capital club.
Paterson made his professional debut against Ulster in June 2021, aged 19, while Scott made his first appearance for the club against Cardiff last October, while Jones has yet to feature at pro level.
“We’re delighted to see Harry, Cammy and Mikey all step up to the senior squad and pen pro deals,” said head coach Mike Blair, who is stepping down at the end of he season. “They are three hugely self-driven players who’ve worked tirelessly to progress to the next level – full credit to them for earning full-time contracts.
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“It’s really exciting to see local guys come through the system and pull on the jersey for the first time. We believe all three players have a massive future at the club and they are a great example for the next generation joining Rob [Chrystie] and our stage-three academy set-up in Edinburgh.”
Paterson firs came to prominence playing for Edinburgh Accies in the Premiership whilst still a pupil at Fettes College. He also imposes for Watsonians in their title-winning FOSROC Super6 and Sprint Series campaigns in 2022, and has made four appearances for Edinburgh to date, including as a last-minute call-up in both 1872 Cup clashes in December.
“I’m absolutely delighted to sign my first pro contract with Edinburgh. In many ways, it’s a real dream come true considering I’ve lived here all my life,” he said.
Scott, who came through Boroughmuir and is currently on loan at London Scottish, added: “I’m absolutely over the moon to sign my first pro deal with Edinburgh. This is something I’ve wanted to achieve ever since I started playing rugby – to progress through the academy ranks, sign professionally and represent Edinburgh is a great feeling.
“The whole experience was incredible and surreal to finally pull on the Edinburgh jersey. To make my debut for my childhood club and play against Glasgow Warriors in such an historic 1872 Cup game was an unreal experience.
“The intensity and excitement of the game was incredible and to play with, and against, some great players too. My family came to the game and were so proud to see me run on the pitch. It’s a memory I will cherish forever.
“Having quality and experienced players around you like Mark Bennett is perfect for young lads to learn from. You try and soak up as much as you possibly can, taking in all the information.
“Every day is different and a real learning experience. There is a good sense of natural competition which keeps pushing me on, to develop and be the best player I can possibly be.”
Jones started his rugby career at Lasswade RFC aged five, attended Lasswade High School and completed his senior schooling at Stewart’s Melville, where he was Player of the Match in the 2019 U18 Schools Cup Final.
“I’m really happy to sign for my boyhood club and I’m looking forward to being involved in what’s to come,” he said.
“I’m excited to continue to take learnings from the experienced players at the club, especially from Pierre Schoeman and Boan Venter as I look to break into the first team.”
More good news for Scottish youngsters and well done to all in helping them progress through the ranks. 🐻
Great to see. Exciting progress for these young players.
No mention of Dan Gamble. I was hoping he would secure a full contract this year, so hopefully this is not an exhaustive list of Academy graduates