Luke Hamilton signs a one-year deal with Edinburgh

26-year-old will add to Richard Cockerill's back-row options

Luke Hamilton
Luke Hamilton has signed a one-year deal with Edinburgh ***Image: ©Fotosport/David Gibson***

LUKE HAMILTON has signed a one-year deal with Edinburgh and will link up with the squad later this summer following treatment for a shoulder injury sustained whilst playing for Scotland against the USA at the weekend.

The 26-year-old is moving north from Leicester Tigers, where he made 51 appearances over two seasons. He made his international debut off the bench against New Zealand last November and was a member of Gregor Townsend’s training squad during their recent Six Nations campaign. With John Barclay set to miss the first half of the season through injury, Hamilton’s arrival will boost head coach Richard Cockerill’s selection options in the back-row.

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“I’m really excited to join Edinburgh this season – they are definitely a team on the rise. It’s a brilliant opportunity to continue my development as a player and I can’t wait to meet up with my new teammates,” said Hamilton.

Cockerill worked with Hamilton when they were both at the Tigers.

“We’re delighted that Luke has chosen to join Edinburgh and be part of the culture we’re building at this club,” he said. “I obviously know Luke well from his time at Leicester. He’s a big, physical ball carrier who will add experience to what is an already talented back-row contingent, containing some exciting young players.

“He can play across the back-row and his dynamism adds another dimension to our attack. We’re looking forward to seeing how he develops in an international quality unit alongside the likes of Luke Crosbie, Bill Mata, Hamish Watson, Jamie Ritchie and Magnus Bradbury.”

Hamilton was born in Pembroke, Wales, and cut his teeth at Cardiff Blues, before helping Wales Under-20s to a third-place finish at the 2012 World Championship in South Africa. He qualifies to play for Scotland through his Stirling-born father.

He joined French outfit Agen at the start of the 2014-15 season and helped them win promotion in to the TOP 14 that year; and he was the league’s top tackler despite his team being relegated the following year.

Hamilton then moved to Leicester and was elected Player of the Season and Best Newcomer by the clubs’ supporters at the end of the 2016-17 campaign. He scored three tries in 23 appearances for the Welford Road outfit in season just finished.

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