Wes Goosen close to signing new Edinburgh contract

Head coach Sean Everitt praises back-three player's contribution this season

Wes Goosen
Wes Goosen in action against Leinster. Image: © Craig Watson. www.craigwatson.co.uk

EDINBURGH winger Wes Goosen has revealed that he is close to signing a new contract with the club. The 28-year-old suffered an injury-interrupted first season with the team after joining on a two-year deal in the summer of 2022, but has emerged during the current campaign as a key performer in the back three.

“I’d like to stay longer,” he said from Cape Town, where the Edinburgh squad are preparing for Saturday’s URC match against the Stormers. “I’m currently kind of sorting it out.

“I’ve really enjoyed it [at Edinburgh]. I think the first year was a little bit tough with injuries and moving over and that kind of stuff, and that obviously played a part in me being away from the team. But this year I’ve really enjoyed it. I’ve played lots of rugby, we’ve been doing really well – we’re winning, we’re competitive.

Male Performance Pathway Round Table – Part Two: quotas, coaching and finding the right Performance Director

Inter-District Championship: Sam Cardosi and eclectic Caledonia Reds plot title defence

URC: Glasgow v Cardiff: Warriors’ centre resources stretched

“I think we’ve got a really good team and if we keep most players around we can be really competitive in the URC,” he continued when asked why he was eager to stay. “Where we sit now, in the top four, is I guess where I see us as a team. We’ve got good players all around and I really enjoy it.”

Head coach Sean Everitt echoed Goosen’s sentiments. “We’ve chatted to Wes and he’s really keen to stay on and we would like him to,” he said. “It’s about putting the nuts and bolts together.

“He’s contributed hugely to the team since I’ve been here. In those six months he’s been one of our standout players, so we’d love him to stay and be a part of Edinburgh going forward.”

Born in East London in South Africa, Goosen moved to New Zealand with his family aged four, and went on to represent NZ Schools before making his name with Wellington and the Hurricanes. Other family members still pledge allegiance to the Springboks, but he is otherwise minded.

“I’m through and through All Blacks,” he explained. “My parents and my brother are Springboks supporters, though.

“If South Africa are not playing the All Blacks I’ll support them. But definitely the All Blacks.” 

Goosen is expected to be in the team to face the Stormers and is looking forward to playing against a South African side again – something that was a regular experience for him in Super Rugby. “I’ve always really enjoyed playing here – it’s a nice brand and they move the ball around quite a bit,” he added. 

“The weather will be nice here for running rugby, so it will be good. I think playing against these guys, they just throw everything at it. They’re tough, they’re physical, so it’s a good challenge for us. And we’ve got tough boys and I think we’ll have a good game on Saturday.”

Male Performance Pathway Round Table – Part Two: quotas, coaching and finding the right Performance Director

About Stuart Bathgate 1387 Articles
Stuart has been the rugby correspondent for both The Scotsman and The Herald, and was also The Scotsman’s chief sports writer for 14 years from 2000.

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Please be respectful in your replies. Abusive language is automatically blocked. Your email address will not be published.