Capital youngster Damien Hoyland was today living a dream by signing a two year deal with Edinburgh Rugby.
The James Gillespie educated winger, who broke into Boroughmuir’s senior team last season before moving on to Melrose, has been training with Edinburgh while studying at Telford College.
He has also travelled to away games with Edinburgh to become familiar with what is required at pro level.
In a statement issued by Edinburgh Rugby, Hoyland, who has scored six tries in 11 appearances for Scotland under-20’s, said: “It’s hard to put into words how happy I am to get this opportunity.
“I’ve always dreamed that I might get this chance since I started playing rugby so I’m absolutely delighted, especially as it’s with Edinburgh Rugby who I’ve supported from a young age. It’s quite surreal really.”
“I was invited to spend a couple of months with the squad from October to December which really helped. I met and travelled with the team and was exposed to the intensity of their training.”
Edinburgh head coach, Alan Solomons, said: “I heard about Damien through the feedback we receive from the domestic club scene and the scouts and coaches we have watching games in the RBS Premiership.
“We had a closer look at him in training at Murrayfield and have taken him on a couple of away matches to introduce him to our squad and set-up, and show him how we operate.”