EDINBURGH have handed 22-year-old utility-back Nathan Sweeney his first professional contract, with the academy graduate agreeing a one-year deal with the capital outfit.
Sweeney, who can play full-back, wing and centre, made his professional debut for the club off the bench against Connacht last month.
“I’m over the moon to have signed my first professional deal with the club,” said the former age-grade internationalist, who was born in Glasgow, spent much of his childhood growing up in Horsham and Hong Kong, before finishing his schooling at Loretto in Musselburgh. “I’ve really enjoyed my time in the academy set-up and can’t wait to step up to the senior squad.
“It was an amazing moment to make my debut for the club against Connacht, and I’ve really been enjoying the ‘A’ games that I’ve been able to be a part of.
“There’s no other club I’d rather be at. I love the environment, the group of players and the city. I grew up supporting the club, so to sign pro with the friends I grew up with is something special for me. It was a no-brainer for me to sign and I’m really looking forward to getting started.”
Sweeney suffered a long-term injury shortly after his arrival at Edinburgh on an academy deal ahead of 2018-20 season, but bounced back to feature for Heriot’s Rugby in the 2021-22 FOSROC Super6 campaign.
“It’s great that Nathan will be making the step up to a professional deal for next season,” said Edinburgh head coach Mike Blair. “He’s a talented player and has shown a huge amount of determination to come back from his injuries to put himself in a strong position.
“He’s a hard-working player who puts a lot of time into analysing his training and matches. His performances for the ‘A’ team have been a testament to that and we’re excited to see where he can go.”