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Nick Beavon signs Edinburgh deal

Edinburgh have handed 29-year-old Melrose prop Nick Beavon a one-year contract for next season.

Beavon made his Melrose debut aged 17 and had spells playing in Australia and New Zealand but the self-employed joiner admitted he thought his hopes of turning professional had passed him by.

However, he has been training with Edinburgh on a trial basis since January and impressed head coach Alan Solomons.

The tighthead said: "It's massive to be signed at this stage in my career by Edinburgh.

"I never thought it was going to happen, I thought opportunities like this would have passed me by, then I got into the club international side two years ago for the first time. I still never thought anything would come of it as I was obviously older.

"However after speaking to Alan, he reckons I've got a fair few years playing in me, that I'm reaching my prime as a tighthead.

"I don't want this opportunity to pass me by so I'm going to give it everything I've got."

He added: "I was coming up to train two days a week and working the other three, to keep the money coming in. The people I've been sub-contracting have been really good, they obviously accept I've been given this opportunity and wish me all the best."

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