Glen Young signs contract extension with Edinburgh

Sam Grahamslaw, released by the capital club, joins Jersey Reds

Glen Young dives in for his second try of the evening. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Glen Young scoring for Edinburgh against Brive in a Challenge Cup match. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk.

EDINBURGH have agreed a contract extension with Glen Young, just a year after the lock forward joined from Harlequins.

Now 27, Young began his playing career with his hometown club Jed-Forest before joining Newcastle Falcons. He then headed south to Harlequins in 2019, spending two seasons there before moving home in the summer of 2021. A former Scotland Under-20 international, he will have a chance of making his full debut this summer after being named in Gregor Townsend’s squad for the tour to Chile and Argentina.

 “I’m proper buzzing – I’ve loved it here,” Young said on the Edinburgh website. “It was a tough start being injured but, even then, bonding with this group was great.

“When I got back playing, it was brilliant. I’ve loved playing in this jersey, in front of the crowd at DAM Health Stadium. It’s a great place to play and I’ve really enjoyed it.

“I feel like the style fits with how I want to play. I like the way Mike [Blair] coaches too. I enjoy getting my hands on the ball, putting a bit of footwork in and putting a bit of pace into things.”

Head coach Blair added: “We’ve been really happy with Glen’s contribution this season and we’re excited to see him develop his game further next year. It’s brilliant that he’s extended terms with the club.

“Glen came back from injury really strong and showcased the kind of athleticism that makes him a game-changing type of player, who is equally adept at lock and six.

“Glen was hugely deserving of his Scotland call-up after a promising end to the season. Hopefully he’ll get the chance to wear the thistle and represent his country this summer.”

Meanwhile, prop Sam Grahamslaw, released by Edinburgh at the end of the season, has signed for English Championship side Jersey Reds. Grahamslaw joins two other Scots props, ex-Glasgow man Adam Nicol and former Ayrshire Bulls player Steven Longwell, at the ambitious Channel Islands club.

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  1. A good signing from what I’ve seen of him as he seems a big lump but mobile with it. And it’s better to (re)sign Scottish players rather than bring in non Scottish qualified journeymen

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