Edinburgh sign back-three triumvirate for next season

Ross McCann, Nathan Sweeney and Wes Goosen all agree terms with capital club

Wes Goosen has signed a one-year contract extension with Edinburgh. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Wes Goosen has signed a one-year contract extension with Edinburgh. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDINBURGH have announced the recruitment of Ross McCann from the GB Sevens programme, as well as contract extensions for both Wes Goosen and Nathan Sweeney, as head coach Sean Everitt continues to shape his squad for next session.

McCann will join the capital club a on a two-year deal this summer, hopefully after representing Team GB at the Olympics for a second time in Paris at the end of July and start of August. The 26-year-old was previously in the squad which finished fourth in Tokyo in 2020.

Growing up in the capital city in a sporting family – brothers Ali and Lewis play football for Preston North End and Dunfermline Athletic – McCann came through the ranks at Royal High School and club sides Stewart’s Melville and Melrose. He made two appearances on the wing for Edinburgh against Dragons and Lions at the start of this season, and was called into the senior Scotland training squad as a replacement for the injured Darcy Graham during the Six Nations.


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“We’re delighted to have brought Ross in on a permanent deal,” said head coach Everitt. “He’s a talented winger who is always looking to get involved in the game, and he’s not afraid to take on his opposite number. He’s also got a great attitude and is always willing to learn and improve.

“We’re excited to see what Ross can achieve in an Edinburgh Rugby jersey. He brings with him a wealth of experience from the sevens circuit and we’re confident he can develop into a real asset for the team.”

Meanwhile, Sweeney says he is looking for a “bounce back season’ after his first campaign on the senior stuff has been almost entirely wiped out through injury, which has limited him to just one appearance against Zebre February.

“I’m absolutely buzzing to be staying on at Edinburgh Rugby for another season,” said the 23-year-old, who as out pen to paper on 12-month contract extension. “It’s been a tough year with the injury but I’m focused on getting back to full fitness and making a real impact next season.

“This new deal is a huge motivator for me. I’ve been working hard in rehab and I’m determined to repay the faith the coaches have shown in me. I can’t wait to get back out there in an Edinburgh jersey.

“While it’s been frustrating to be on the sidelines, it’s only fuelled my hunger to get back on the pitch. I’m targeting a big bounce back season and I’m excited to see what I can achieve.”

Born in Glasgow, Sweeney spent much of his childhood growing up in Horsham and Hong Kong where his rugby journey began. Sweeney moved back to Scotland to finish school at Loretto School in Musselburgh where he played alongside current teammate Ben Muncaster.  Pro sport runs in his family with his grandfather a former professional player at Queens Park FC.

 

 

Finally, Goosen has also signed a new one-year extension when he will  hope to build on his recent good form for the capital outfit. The South Africa-born and New Zealand-raised 28-year-old has bounced back from an injury hit debut season to feature in 20 games so far this year (18 as a starter), being voted Scottish Building Society Player of the Month in December.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be staying on at Edinburgh Rugby for another season. Last year was a bit stop-start with injuries, but I’m really happy with how I’ve bounced back this time around.

“This new deal feels like a reward for the hard work I’ve put in. It’s been great to be one of the team’s most consistent performers, and I want to build on that next season.

“There’s a real sense of togetherness in this squad, and I think that’s been a big factor in a lot of our wins this season. I’m excited to see what we can achieve together next year.

Everitt added: “We’re delighted to have re-signed Wes for another season. He’s shown incredible resilience in bouncing back from injury last year and he’s thoroughly deserved his place as one of our standout performers this season.

“His work ethic and determination have really shone through this season. He’s a constant threat, whether that be at full-back or on the wing, and his positive attitude is a real asset to the squad.

“He’s a huge talent, and we’re excited to see him continue to develop in an Edinburgh Rugby jersey alongside some of our top-class Scotland internationalists like Darcy Graham and Duhan van Merwe, as well as alongside our younger Scottish back-three players like Harry Paterson and Nathan Sweeney.”


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David has worked as a freelance rugby journalist since 2004 covering every level of the game in Scotland for publications including The Herald/Sunday Herald, The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday/Evening News, The Daily Record, The Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday and The Sun.

2 Comments

  1. How many more players could we develop if we still had a sevens programme? No third pro-team. ‘Team’ schedule still not clear. Super Series ending soon. So few options for our young players.

    • S6 wasn’t any sort of development tool for young players at all. Look at u20 results during its time and compare to results pre S6.

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