Edinburgh centre Chris Dean signs new contract

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Edinburgh coach Alan Solomons is delighted that promising young centre Chris Dean has signed up until May 2018.

The 21-year-old has broken into the team this year and is one of a cluster of local boys who are giving the side a more homegrown feel of late.

“I am very pleased about Chris signing, he is a young guy with talent who has had quite a few opportunities this year,” said the coach.

“He has made good progress this year and has got a reasonable amount of game time as well. I do feel he has the talent to go all the way. He certainly works hard, he is intelligent. He has made good strides this season.”

Dean, who hails from North Berwick, joined the club from his school, Edinburgh Academy, where he lifted the Brewin Dolphin Schools’ Cup in 2009 at under-15 level and the following two years as under-18 captain.

He has represented Scotland at every age grade and the national Sevens squad, progressing to sign full professional terms with Edinburgh in summer 2014.

His first start came in this season’s Guinness Pro12 opener, the win over Leinster, and Dean has featured in nine out of the club’s fixtures so far in 2015/16.

Dean said: “Growing up in East Lothian and in the city I’ve always been a supporter of the club. It was always my dream to play with Edinburgh and it’s great that I can stay for another two years.

“I want to keep pushing my career on and I really believe Edinburgh is the best stepping stone for that.”