SAM SKINNER has agreed terms on a two-year contract extension with Edinburgh which keep him at the capital club until at least the summer of 2026,
The 28-year-old Scotland international back-five forward has yet to feature for Edinburgh this season after picking up a knee injury ahead of the opening match of the 2023-24 URC campaign, but is not back in training and targeting an “imminent return”.
“It’s been a frustrating period for me personally as I was really excited to get back and contribute to the team, but these things happen sometimes,” said Skinner, who won two Premiership titles with Exeter Chiefs before joining Edinburgh in the summer of 2022.
“I’ve loved being back out on the training field with the lads recently and can’t wait to get stuck in when my opportunity comes.
“Moving to Edinburgh has definitely been a new challenge and one I’ve absolutely loved,” he added. “It’s such a great club to play for with an awesome fan base that get right behind the team.
“It’s so exciting to be given the opportunity to sign for another two years. It was such an easy decision for me to continue working with amazing group of people that all work so hard.
“There’s no hiding that last season didn’t provide the success we believe we can deliver as a team. So, to have the chance to help put this club where I believe it can be is a privilege.”
“It’s been a really solid start to the season where we have shown glimpses of our potential. Sean has fit in extremely well and has given us a clear gameplan each week.
“You can see and feel that everyone has bought into it and are right behind him and each other. This middle part of the season is massively important for us to kick on from the position the boys and the whole group have put us in.
“If we can deliver that over the next period then we put ourselves as contenders for both competitions. There’s no reason why, if that happens, we can’t be competing for these trophies. Someone has to win it, why can’t it be us.
“However, it is only an if right now. And we have to work extremely hard to make it happen.”
Edinburgh Rugby ‘Senior’ Coach, Sean Everitt, added: “Sam is a quality player with a huge amount of experience at international level. It’s brilliant we’ve secured his services for another two years and we’re excited to see him in back in action for the club very soon.
“He is a really intelligent player and someone that other players listen to because of the work he puts in on and off the field.
“It will be a massive boost to have him back and I’m sure our supporters will be eager to see him fit and representing the club.”