NICK HAINING has signed a contract extension with Edinburgh for an undeclared period of time. The Australian-born back-row has played 19 games for the clubs since joining from Bristol Bears during the summer of 2019. He qualifies to play for Scotland through his Dundonian grandmother and has been capped five times.
“I’m really excited and proud to extend my contract at Edinburgh Rugby,” said Haining. “I’ve settled really well in both the city and the club. Everyone was really welcoming from the get-go and I’ve formed some really solid friendships among the players.
“My partner Efia and I have really enjoyed everything Edinburgh has to offer and, with our son Henry being born, we wanted to extend our stay and raise him in a really wonderful city.
“Moving to Edinburgh was always going to be challenging in terms of getting a spot in the team with so many talented individuals in the back-row. It’s really pushed me and helped me continually develop my game and constantly improve.
“It’s fiercely competitive and that level of competition really keeps you on your toes. Having that competitive edge in training is hugely beneficial and helps us put our best performance out on the pitch.”
Haining has been frustrated by a sequence of ill-timed injuries and ‘niggles’ this season which have disrupted his efforts to build on a breakthrough year.
With a new deal in hand the loose forward is keen to put those days behind him and kick-on with the confidence boost offered by extended terms.
“I’m feeling a lot better now and working really hard with the medical and S&C staff to get my body in the best shape possible to perform on the pitch,” he added.
“I’m really looking forward to being rid of these little niggles and to getting back to playing my natural game with no hinderance, string together a good run of games for Edinburgh and just enjoy playing.”
Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill said: “We’re delighted Nick has agreed to extend his time with the club.
“He’s had an unfortunate spell with injuries this season, but he’s shown previously, and since his return, the type of dynamism we’ve come to expect of him.
“We have a real depth of quality across our back-row. The competition for places is intense all season long and I believe it’s bringing the best out of our players. Nick continues to be a big part of that.”