Jake Henry sent to Coventry after signing two-year Edinburgh contract extension

23-year-old winger will spend next season playing in the English Championship on a loan deal

Jake Henry has signed a two year contract extension with Edinburgh but the first of those years will be spent playing for Coventry in the English Championship. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Jake Henry has signed a two year contract extension with Edinburgh but the first of those years will be spent playing for Coventry in the English Championship. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDINBURGH have handed winger Jake Henry a two-year contract extension, but the 23-year-old will spend the first of those years on a season-long loan to Coventry Rugby playing in English Championship.

Initially from Inverness, Henry has been on the books at Edinburgh since 2021 (initially as an academy player) but bad luck with injuries – including a ruptured achilles then a ruptured my ACL – plus fierce competition for places in the back-three meant it was only in March that he made a try-scoring debut against the Stormers, and he now has five appearances in total to his name.

Now, with Wes Goosen and Ross McCann having already signed deals with Edinburgh, and head coach Sean Everitt expecting to have Darcy Graham, Emilano Boffelli, Harry Paterson and Nathan Sweeney all back from long-term injuries next season, the decision has been made to find Henry regular game time south of the Borders.


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This is hardly a ringing endorsement for the ‘A’ team strategy unveiled during a recent update from the ongoing ‘male performance pathway review’, and reinforces the impression that Murrayfield’s post-Super Series strategy – which is being implemented despite Scottish Rugby not having a performance director to be held accountable – is to keep the top of the club game at arm’s length from the pro game as much as possible.

Henry spent three months at Stellenbosch University in South Africa back in 2019 as part of the Macphail Scholarship programme, represented Scotland at under-20s level the following year, and Scotland 7s at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022. He has played for Heriot’s and Southern Knights at Super6/Series level.

“I’m really happy to be staying with Edinburgh,” said Henry. “Being involved at the end of this season has given me huge confidences in myself and my body after a tough start to the year.

“I’m also excited to head down to Coventry. I’ve only heard good things from the boys that have been there before so looking forward to it.”

Everitt added: “Jake has shown a huge amount of character to get himself into the Edinburgh side. He showed his potential in the matches away against the Stormers and Sharks, taking his try well in Cape Town under huge pressure.

“The move to Coventry is a great opportunity for him, and a chance to play at a great club in a highly competitive and physical league.”


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9 Comments

  1. Went to Coventry’s last home game of the season vs London Scottish and not a great advert for the game, so much hoofing up the park and wingers hardly touched the ball. Having said, Coventry’s results suggest that’s atypical and Dupont’s Law has now been kicked into touch😀

  2. If Coventry were to play Edinburgh I don’t think a win for the supposed higher level club would be at all certain.

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  3. Odd; good but lower level game time; lets hope Edinburghs’ injuries DO clear up and don’t drag on…

  4. Hope for Jake that his injury problems are behind him and he gets plenty of game time at his new club. However I am bemused over a number of issues. If Henry is already at a level when he can slot into a URC team surely his development would be optimised by staying at Edinburgh as a regular first team squad member. Edinburgh are serial failures so there is an opportunity to dispense with the services of some of the very expensive senior players and create a new culture of a young hungry team. Instead

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    • The SRU/GT seems intent on stuffing the squads of Edinburgh and Glasgow with ageing Scottish internationals, many of whom are definitely past their prime.

      Credit to Franco for bringing through a number of young players last season. We need to see more of this at both clubs given the evidence demonstrated in recent weeks that too many of the senior players are playing in their comfort zone and below the standard one would expect of a club professional.

    • HB, unfortunately being a regular 1st team squad member does not mean regular game time – apart from 3 or 4 minutes at the end of a game that’s already won or lost.
      This should be a sensible move for his development

  5. Strange one for sure… not many wingers, andI thought the idea was more A games 🤔 if he’s not looking at gametime …then good move for him I suppose 😢

  6. What a bizarre move. I thought he has shown up well in the few games he played and was one of the better backs in last weeks debacle. We have regularly been playing a centre on the wing this season so even if Boffelli and Darcy are fit there will still be a lot of times with international calls where we won’t have our best wings available so would have thought he would get plenty game time. I have watched every Edinburgh game this season but not sure if I have seen Sweeney or McCann who are mentioned in the article and therefore must be ahead of Henry.

    Its not like we are the Man City of rugby who have so many world class players they can afford to loan some out to keep them on their books. I also agree with the A team comment – who’s going to play for them?

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    • As mentioned in the article, Sweeney has been injured pretty much all season and McCann is signing for Edinburgh this summer. That’s why you’ve not seen them this season.

      Edinburgh’s back 3 options next season are:

      Duhan
      Boff
      Goosen
      Graham
      Paterson
      Sweeney
      McCann
      Henry (going on loan)

      Which is quite a fair few players to try and keep happy and playing, so it makes sense to loan one out to get gametime.

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