Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Dean signs for Edinburgh

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons, pictured, has signed youngster Chris Dean

Edinburgh have clinched the the signing of Scotland Under-20s centre Chris Dean on a two-year deal.

Dean has represented Scotland at every age grade and skippered Scotland Under-17s through the Wellington Festival in 2011, before his development was fast-tracked on a Scotland Sevens elite development player contract in 2012.

He scored three tries in last year's Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow and featured in seven tournaments on the HSBC Sevens World Series.

Since then he has divided his development between the abbreviated game, Edinburgh Accies in the RBS Premiership and the current Under-20 RBS 6 Nations, before signing his first senior professional contract.

"It's fantastic", said Dean. "I'm delighted with the opportunity to get back into the 15-a-side game, especially with a side I've grown up supporting.

"I've played through all the age grades for Edinburgh and I'm really looking forward to this step up.

"(Coach) Alan Solomons has made it very clear that he's here to build a club rather than a team.

"He's looking towards the future, which is a great because it means bringing young Scots like me into the setup who will hopefully kick on over the next few years."

Edinburgh head coach Solomons said: "Chris is one of the bright young talents of Scottish rugby.

"To build a sustainable club we have got to run a strong youth system, where the development of the players is accelerated through their exposure to an experienced, senior squad.

"Chris is very talented. He has done very well in the Scotland Sevens set-up and for our national age-grade sides. He is a player of real ability and potential.

"It's great to have a young Scottish talent like that as part of the club."

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