GRANT GILCHRIST has shone a contract extension which will keep him at Edinburgh until at least June 2025. The 33-year-old – who is now in his 13th season with Edinburgh Rugby – was named co-captain alongside Ben Vellacott at the start of the current campaign, his fifth year in a leadership role with the capital outfit, during which time he has made 194 appearances es for the club.
He has been capped 68 times by Scotland and was a member of the squad during their recent World Cup. News of his contract extension comes hot on the heels of fellow international back-five forward Sam Skinner recommitting yesterday [Tuesday].
“I’m delighted to have signed an extension to my contract,” said Gilchrist. “I’ve made no secret of my love for my boyhood club and the city I call home. My two young boys are now Edinburgh supporters and love coming to the games and chanting ‘Ed-in-burgh’, so my connection to the club only gets deeper and deeper.
“I’m desperate to help bring success for our fans and believe we have the squad, coaches and staff to make that happen.”
“It would be a huge honour for me to reach 200 caps, to be up there with the absolute legends of this club is a bit surreal, to be honest,” he added.
“If, fingers crossed, I can make it happen, it’ll be an incredibly proud day for me and my family. I remember my first season like it was yesterday, getting to play alongside legends of the club I grew up supporting – Chunk, Mossy, Fordy, Mike Blair. Time flies!”
“This season has been really good. Sean has been clear right from the start in what he wants both collectively as a team and individually from me.
“I think we’ve been getting better as the season goes on, and I believe we’ve got so much more in us too, which is an exciting place to be and to see how far we can go this year.”
Edinburgh Rugby ‘senior’ coach Sean Everitt said: “Simply put, Grant loves playing for Edinburgh and that’s been hugely apparent since I joined the club in the summer. He’s a true one-club man that takes a huge amount of pride in representing this team and putting his body on the line for his teammates.
“When Grant speaks, players sit up and listen because of his experience and knowledge of the game. What people perhaps don’t see is the amount of work he puts in away from the training paddock, his analysis and study of both his own game and opponents is second to none.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with Grant so far in my time at the club – I’m delighted to see him agree terms on a new deal.”