Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Bradley brings back Lawrie

Michael Bradley

New Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley has secured his third summer signing after Steve Lawrie completed his return to the club.

The 27-year-old hooker spent four seasons with the capital side between 2005-09 and sealed his comeback after a spell with RFU Championship side Doncaster Knights. He is now set to vie with the likes of Ross Ford and Andrew Kelly for a spot in the Edinburgh front row in the coming campaign.

Lawrie said: "I've stayed a fan of Edinburgh while I've been away so it's great to get the chance to come back. I'm really excited about the professional challenge. I've spoken to a lot of fans and players about the ambitions of the club and I'm acutely aware of how people want to push the club forward and get the results we all want."

He added: "I left because I needed to play more to develop my game and Doncaster offered me the chance to play regularly in the Championship, which is a seriously competitive league, especially up front, and I believe I'm returning to the club a more rounded and experienced player.

"Edinburgh has some fantastic hookers in Ross Ford and Andrew Kelly, as well as the up and coming Alun Walker, so it's going to be difficult.

"But I'm here to fight for a place and push Edinburgh Rugby forward, through training and when I'm given the opportunity to play, but that begins with earning respect of my team mates in pre-season training.

"I'm delighted to be back."

Bradley, who has already recruited former Sale Sharks players Sean Cox and Chris Leck ahead of the new campaign, was thrilled with his latest capture.

He said: "It's great to have Steve on board, and I'm excited about the competition he's going to bring to the hooker berth.

"He's a powerful scrummager, an effective presence in the loose and a player who brings an excellent attitude and work-rate."

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