Dean puts pen-to-paper on new deal
Chris Dean has become the latest player to commit his future to Edinburgh Rugby after today putting pen-to-paper on a new deal.
The 25-year-old centre – a graduate of the club’s academy - made his debut in September 2015 and has since amassed 86 appearances in his six seasons at BT Murrayfield.
Dean is currently rehabbing from a pectoral injury suffered in the team’s pre-season fixture against Ospreys, but is expected to return to full-fitness in the New Year.
On re-signing with the capital side, Dean, said: “I’m delighted to have re-signed with my hometown team and I’m looking forward to getting back out there soon.
“The team is really going in the right direction and I believe this is the perfect place to get the best out of myself. I can’t wait to once again pull on an Edinburgh jersey and I’m really excited to continue to represent this city.”
Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “Chris has played exceptional well in my first two years here and is developing into a very good player.
“I’m very happy that he’s committed his future to the club and it shows we’re building a core of local, Scottish lads to lead this team in the future.”
A product of North Berwick and the city’s Edinburgh Academy, Dean joined the club following a successful stint with Scotland 7s – a period in which the centre became the first Scot to score a try at the 2013 Rugby World Cup 7s in Moscow.
Dean made his first competitive start for the club in the win against Leinster in September 2015, while he scored his first points with a try against Connacht in March 2016.
The centre made his 50th appearance for the club against Ospreys in November 2017 – a period in which Dean started the season with three tries in two games – before signing a new two-year deal later that year.
Dean’s scoring exploits continued into the 2018/19 season as the capital side returned to the Heineken Champions Cup.
The centre touched down in both pool stage home victories over RC Toulon and Newcastle Falcons, while he scored Edinburgh’s only try in the 13-17 Quarter-Final defeat to Munster at BT Murrayfield in March 2019.
Dean’s club form saw him named as was one of seven uncapped players named in the Scotland squad for the 2019 Six Nations.