Edinburgh Rugby coach Alan Solomons has pointed to the signing of three young Scots as evidence of his focus on developing local talent.
Back rower Hamish Watson, hooker George Turner and winger Jamie Farndale have all been offered full contracts, a step up from the Elite Development Programme deals they currently have.
Solomons has drawn criticism for his reliance on overseas signings during his first season at Edinburgh. However, the coach has insisted that he is using the foreign players to create a framework for the development of Scottish players.
“This development is critical to the future of Edinburgh Rugby”, said Solomons of the decision to offer the trio senior deals. “The key is to understand our vision, and that vision is to build a sustainable club through the medium of our academy of young Scottish players who are introduced into an experienced and strong team, that will aid and abet their development.”