GRANT GILCHRIST has signed a new “long-term” deal with Edinburgh which will run for an undisclosed period of time. The 31-year-old second-row, who is club co-captain, has played 167 game for the capital outfit since his debut back in 2011.
“I’m absolutely delighted to sign a new deal. The club means so much to me,” said Gilchrist, who has been capped 48 times by Scotland. “I’ve been at Edinburgh over a decade, so to be given the opportunity to stay and continue to play my rugby here means everything.
“The club has and continues to play a massive part in my life. It feels like we’re in a really good place, so I’m delighted to be part of it going forward. We have a brilliant group of boys here and I feel privileged every time I pull on the jersey and represent the club I grew up supporting.
“This season has been brilliant so far,” he added. “It’s as good a start as I’ve been involved in – and that’s testament to the hard work being done across the club – but we’re aware it’s a process and we’re still learning.
“I’ve always believed in what we’re doing at the club. A lot of the foundations we set over the last four or five years are standing us in good stead and it’s good to see those foundations of set-piece and defence help us win games. We’ve also added excitement to the way we’re playing and I’m loving being a part of that.
“As a group of players, we can’t wait to once again represent our supporters. It will be special to have them back at the DAM Health Stadium this Friday night [when Edinburgh take on Brive in their final Challenge Cup pool match], where they’ve made our new home a real fortress in the early stages of the season.”
Head Coach Mike Blair said: “We’re absolutely delighted to see Grant extend his current deal. He’s a hugely important player and leader for us and has been for the better part of a decade.
“Not only has he put in some huge performances on the pitch for us this year but, alongside Stuart [McInally], his leadership and experience have been integral in helping develop our game, while providing me with a sounding board and experienced voice among the playing group.
“Despite all that he’s achieved so far in his career, Grant continues to work on and develop his own game, while striving to get better each week. That’s exactly what you want to see in a leader.
“Whether it’s in a match, meeting or training, he leads by example. That leadership is vital to this club, and it shows in the respect he commands across the squad.”