Edinburgh sign Grant Shiels

Grant Shiels. Pic: Bath Rugby

Grant Shiels. Pic: Bath Rugby

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Injury-hit Edinburgh Rugby finally entered the transfer market today and landed a Scotland A internationalist.

But it was not the back-row forward coach Alan Solomons had hinted they were after but another prop forward instead.

Grant Shiels, 25, who came off the bench to help Scotland A defeat England Saxons last year while a Newcastle player before moving on to Bath, has joined on a deal lasting 19 months.

Shiels will be competing against eight other props although Allan Dell and Wiccus Blaauw are injured, leaving Alasdair Dickinson, John Andress, Willem Nel, Roy Sutherland, Ewan McQuillan and Simon Berghan in the front line.

Shiels, who enlisted with Edinburgh today, said: “Edinburgh was the team that I grew up supporting so I’m looking forward to joining the squad.

“When I was younger, I used to enjoy watching Todd Blackadder – a big, impressive ball carrier – and more recently, Fordy [Ross Ford]. Obviously he’s a Kelso boy too, and I looked up to him.

“I knew Michael Tait and Fraser McKenzie from Newcastle and then there’s Grant Gilchrist and Rambo [Stuart McInally] who I played alongside at Scotland Under-20 level.”

Shiels has also been capped at age-group level by Scotland.