UPDATED: Marshall Sykes signs Edinburgh contract extension

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Marshall Sykes has re-committed to Edinburgh Rugby until at least the summer of 2026. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk
Marshall Sykes has re-committed to Edinburgh Rugby until at least the summer of 2026. Image: © Craig Watson - www.craigwatson.co.uk

MARSHALL SYKES has agree a two-year contract extension with Edinburgh which will keep the 24-year-old second-row at the club until at least the summer of 2026. 

“The club and city have become a real home for me, and I’m excited to be a part of what’s to come in the next two years,” said Sykes, who was born in Woodbridge, East Suffolk. Educated at Ipswich’s St Joseph’s College, Sykes qualifies for Scotland through his Dundee-born grandmother. He played five games for Scotland Under-20s back in 2019 and picked up his only senior cap to date against Tonga in October 2021.

“There’s a real sense of togetherness here and I take a huge amount of pride every time I get to pull on the Edinburgh jersey,” he added.

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“Sean [Everitt] has been brilliant since he came in and I’ve really enjoyed working with him so far this season. The boys are giving their all and you can see that in our performances. We’ll be leaving nothing out there with two huge games to come at this business end of the campaign.”

Sykes has featured in 19 of the club’s 22 games so far this season, predominantly off the bench. He made his 60th appearance for the club against Zebre last Friday.

Edinburgh head coach Sean Everitt added: “Re-signing Marshall is fantastic news for the club. He brings a never-say-die attitude to the pitch, and his work rate is phenomenal. He’s a real competitor and always gives his all for the team.

“He consistently puts in the extra yards, and that’s exactly the kind of attitude we need to succeed. Marshall will continue to be a big player for us in the years to come.”

Meanwhile, a decision will be taken tomorrow (Tuesday) on whether Emiliano Boffelli can be included in the squad to face Munster on Friday  after the Argentinian international missed out on the Zebre match due to a recurrence of a back problem.

“We had Boffelli out on the field this morning,” Everitt said earlier today. “It’s a day-by-day thing to see how he reacts. It’s not an injury we can manage. It’s an injury that is frustrating for him because he’s not sure how the nerve will react in his back.

“It’s not damaging if he plays, it’s just a matter of whether he can get through the sessions through the week and onto the field on Friday. We’ll give him until Tuesday afternoon to see if he will be able to take the field on Friday or not.”

Harry Paterson is still sidelined with a quad issue.

The game against the reigning champions will be the last home outing for Bill Mata and WP Nel before they leave for Bristol and retire respectively. “There’s a lot of reasons why we need to win on the weekend – that is definitely one of them,” Everitt added.

“Bill and WP have been massive for the club – they’ve been crowd favourites. WP has served Scotland well, over 60 Test matches, and I’m sure the crowd would love to give him a good send-off, at the same time also the team. And a win would be the cherry on the top for it.”

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  1. a huge player with huge potential but who has so far failed to reach it. Now 24, he has stagnated at Edinburgh, he should have pushed his way into the starting line up by now, instead he competes with Hodgson and Young for a bench spot. I am surprised he gets a 2yr deal, next year should have been make or break for him.
    Still I wish him well and hope he makes the step up he needs to, we dont have many of his build and potential

    • Tend to agree – lets hope he can step up a notch because we do need some power in the 2nd row when Gilco and Skinner are with Scotland.

  2. Another player brought to Scotland through the scrapped Super Series and the Ayrshire Bulls. Congratulations Marshall and hope you find success.

    • And as with S6 failed to fulfill potential….never mind the dozens whose talent has been totally wasted. Revisionism will never make S6 other than a total failure. Every pro who played S6 would have been become pros n we will never know how many players were lost to this expensive farce. All those S6 sides combined over the years provided less pro players than little Connacht!


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