NEWS | Taylor signs first professional deal

BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy product George Taylor has graduated to a full professional contract with Edinburgh.

The former Scotland U20 star, who lifted the BT Cup with Melrose last month, said: “It’s always been my aspiration to get to the next level in rugby.

“I’m over the moon about signing my first professional contract and I’m excited to see what the future holds for Edinburgh.”

Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “George is a bright, young player with a great amount of potential. We’re eager to see how he develops within a strong centre group.”

A product of Earlston High School, Taylor developed his skills at BT Premiership side Melrose before seeing out his final year of education at Loretto School.

The centre has represented Scotland at both U18 and U20 level – winning seven caps and scoring a try for the senior age-grade side.

As a BT Sport Scottish Rugby Stage 3 Academy player, Taylor played a pivotal role in Melrose’s BT Cup and BT Premiership double-winning season.