Scotland second-row Grant Gilchrist has expressed his “delight” after he re-signed with Edinburgh Rugby on a two-year deal.

Gilchrist, who was named as club Co-Captain ahead of the current season, will don the black and red until at least May 2019 and will be keen to impress incoming Head Coach Richard Cockerill.

The 16-times capped internationalist has had a lot of injuries in recent times, but has played a lot this term and is only 26 with the brest years ahead.

“I’m absolutely delighted to re-sign with Edinburgh Rugby,” the former Stirling County man said.

“Admittedly it’s been a tough year and we’re disappointed with recent results but I’m looking forward to helping the club move forward. I’m excited to see what this group can produce over the next few seasons.

“I’m desperate for this club to be successful and I believe we will achieve what we want to in the next few years.

“If you look across the board we’ve got competition for places and every week people are going to be battling for their spot.

“The contest for a place in the second-row has been really good for me as I feel it’s making me a better player and I hope that I’m making the other locks better too.”

“Quality operator”

Acting Head Coach Duncan Hodge said: “It’s great to have Grant, another experienced internationalist, commit to the club for the coming seasons.

“He’s a quality operator around the park and at set-piece, and is a natural leader in a young squad. His presence is one valued by the staff and players.

“He’s had an unfortunate run with injuries over the last few seasons but it’s great to see him back and battling for his spot in a competitive second-row.”

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