Hugh Blake’s Edinburgh contract might be short term

Hugh Blake (Getty Images)
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Edinburgh Rugby’s acquisition of Scots-qualified flanker Hugh Blake from Otago might only be a short-term measure, it emerged today.

The Evening News revealed yesterday that Blake had signed until the end of the season after injuries to Roddy Grant, Cornell Du Preez and Hamish Watson.

But the Capital outfit could face a battle should they wish to hang on to Blake with Kiwi official Richard Kinley telling today’s Otago Daily Times the player could be back next season.

Referring to the fact another prospect, Jayden Spence, is also heading overseas, Kinley said: “They are both young guys who want to get away and see a bit of the world. I am not disappointed they have gone.

“They might be back. I have spoken to both of them and they have given that indication.

“I believe if they get an opportunity to see the world and earn a bit of money while they are doing that, then there is nothing wrong with that.’’

Blake, a former New Zealand colt who has played 20 games for Otago, discussed his move with Scottish director of rugby, Scott Johnson.

Edinburgh are expected to make a formal announcement soon.