Sam Grahamslaw signs contract extension with Edinburgh

Loose-head prop will compete against Rory Sutherland, Pierre Schoeman and Boan Venter for game time at Edinburgh next season

Sam Grahamslaw. Image: Edinburgh Rugby
Sam Grahamslaw. Image: Edinburgh Rugby

SAM GRAHAMSLAW has signed up for at least one more year with Edinburgh. The former Scotland Under-20s loose-head prop arrived in the capital on an academy contract in the summer of 2019, after coming through the ranks at Leicester Tigers, and signed his first senior deal 12 months later.

He missed almost all of 2019 after picking up a back injury but returned to full fitness in 2020 and made his Edinburgh debut against Cardiff Blues last November. He has now made a total of three appearances off the bench for the club.

“This season I’ve learned what it takes to compete at this level,” said the 22-year-old. “I’m always looking to develop my game in any way I can and, being in the front-row, there’s no better place to be than Edinburgh.

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“Looking ahead to next season, the whole club are really looking forward to having a place we can call home.

“It will be really special when we can eventually run out there in front of the fans. It’s something I’m thoroughly looking forward to.”

Grahamslaw will have his work cut-out to get game time next season, competing against Rory Sutherland, Pierre Schoeman and Boan Venter for the No 1 jersey.

“We’re really happy with how Sam is developing within the club’s experienced front-row group,” said head coach Richard Cockerill.

“It’s not an easy position to play, but he’s shown a real desire to improve his technique at scrum time which is paying dividends.

“Sam was really deserving of his debut earlier this season and we believe he has the tools from a physical standpoint to succeed at the pro level.”

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