New deal for Edinburgh lock Fraser McKenzie

Fraser McKenzie is in his second spell at Edinburgh
Fraser McKenzie is in his second spell at Edinburgh
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Lock Fraser McKenzie is the latest player to extend his stay at Edinburgh Rugby after penning a new deal that will keep him at the club until May 2019.

The 28-year-old Scotland A cap from Dunfermline is in his second spell at Edinburgh, following stints in England with Sale and Newcastle.

McKenzie is the 21st player to commit to Edinburgh for next term and said: “When I left the first time [in 2011], things at the club were a bit unsettled but, since then, Solly’s [head coach Alan Solomons] stabilised the ship, has good coaches around him, I’m happy being back here and it’s great to see Edinburgh heading in the right direction.

“We have a really good close-knit bunch of guys here. You class them all as friends. That’s one of the real strengths of this club and another reason I wanted to stay. I still class myself a relatively young player with plenty of opportunity for progression and I want to kick on from here.”

Solomons said: “It is great to see Fraz make a long-term commitment to the club. Since coming back from Newcastle, he has become an integral part of the team and has made a huge contribution to its development. He is a real team man and a pleasure to coach. I look forward to continuing working with him.”