George Taylor signs contract extension with Edinburgh

23-year-old centre puts pen to paper after impressive start to 2019-20 campaign during which he has scored three tries in 10 appearances

George Taylor has signed a contract extension with Edinburgh. Image: ©Craig Watson
George Taylor has signed a contract extension with Edinburgh. Image: ©Craig Watson

CENTRE George Taylor has committed his future to Edinburgh Rugby after today signing a two-year contract extension with the capital club which will keep him in the capital until at least the summer of 2022.

Taylor has penned the new deal midway through his breakout campaign during which the Fosroc Scottish Rugby Academy graduate has scored three tries in 10 appearances so far.

The 23-year-old grabbed his first tries for the club with a brace in November’s 10-31 Challenge Cup win in Agen – when he was also named man-of-the-match – before touching down to secure a bonus-point victory against Wasps at Murrayfield in round-three of the European competition.

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“I’m extremely excited to be staying in Edinburgh,” said Taylor. “The club is really moving in the right direction and I’m looking forward to being part of that journey moving forward.

“I’ve really enjoyed this season so far and it has been brilliant having the opportunity to represent this city and this club. I can’t wait to continue to pull on the jersey in the years to come.”

Head coach Richard Cockerill added: “George is another good young player who will continue to improve in this playing environment.

“We continue to build around a core of young Scottish players, and George is very much part of that. It’s great to see him commit his future to the club.”

Having come through the ranks at Borders side Melrose – where Taylor lifted the Scottish Cup in 2018 – the centre penned his first professional deal with the capital side in May of the same year. He made his Edinburgh Rugby debut against Munster at Irish Independent Park in November 2018 before making his first start in the 38-0 home win over Southern Kings in January 2019.

The centre has represented Scotland at both U18 and U20 level – winning seven caps and scoring a try for the senior age-grade side.

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