Edinburgh hand 23-year-old centre Cammy Hutchison first pro contract after try-scoring debut
Cammy Hutchison says it is a “privilege” to have signed his first professional contract for Edinburgh after growing up supporting the club and coming through the SRU academy system.
The 23-year-old centre, who has been signed in partnership with FOSROC Super6 side Heriot’s Rugby, made a try-scoring debut against Ulster earlier this month and earned him a first start a week later against Scarlets.
The former Scotland U19 captain has been part of the Scottish Rugby Academy system since the 2015, alongside playing his club rugby at Currie.
the former George Heriot's School pupil had a spell in the south of France with French Federale 1 side Stade Nicois and was a stand-out for Heriot’s Rugby in the inaugural FOSROC Super6 season before the pandemic ended his plans to use the competition to kick-start his pro career.
He was, however, invited to train with Edinburgh in November, before being rewarded with his debut in the senior side.
“It’s been a long road for me to get to this point so I feel very fortunate,” he told the club website.
“To now be in a position to compete at a level I’ve wanted to for a long time is a privilege, especially in Edinburgh, where I’ve grown up, with a club I’ve grown up supporting.”
Looking ahead to his new full-time professional terms, he added: “This is now the starting point.
“It’s come later than I probably would have hoped and planned when I was leaving school and going through Scotland U20, but I feel I’ve had the full experience of what ‘going through the system’ really means.
“Now I’m in the pro environment, this is where the hard work really begins.”
Edinburgh head coach, Richard Cockerill said: “We’re really pleased to offer Cammy his first professional contract.
“He's shown a lot of grit and determination to force his way into contention and we were delighted with how he performed and took his opportunity once he got out on the pitch.
“He’s a great example of how the system can recognise and reward promising players who have the talent but also the desire to pursue a dream with his local team.
“Hopefully he’ll use this first pro deal as another springboard to kick on once more.”