Lee-Roy Atalifo extends Edinburgh stay

Fijian forward has become a valuable member of the squad since joining in 2020

Lee-Roy Atalifo
Lee-Roy Atalifo in action for Edinburgh against Cardiff. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

FIJIAN prop Lee-Roy Atalifo has become the latest Edinburgh player to agree a new contract with the team. The 34-year-old joined from Jersey Reds two years ago and has so far played 20 times for Mike Blair’s team, ten of them this season.

“I’m very happy here and I’m really excited to be staying,” Atalifo told the team’s website. “We have a good team culture, a good brotherhood, and great coaches that bring a positive vibe to the team that pushes you to be better every single day.

“I’ve really enjoyed this season, because we’ve been doing well. We have our tough days, but I think we are in a better position. The great support from our Edinburgh fans in our new stadium makes it even better.

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As is now customary, the length of the forward’s new deal has not been announced. However, head coach Blair clearly expects Atalifo to be a useful member of the squad throughout next season as well as for the remainder of the current campaign.

“I’ve been really impressed with Lee-Roy’s diligence and detail in improving the finer parts of his game, while his attitude in training and preparing for a match is equally consistent,” Blair said. “He works hard every day and brings a great energy to our forward pack.

“We’re really happy Lee-Roy is settled and enjoying his rugby in Edinburgh and it’s great that we’ve secured his re-signing for next season.”

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