Edinburgh sign locks Davidson and Sykes
Edinburgh Rugby have continued to bolster their squad with the signing of former Scotland age-grade locks Andrew Davidson and Marshall Sykes, subject to medical.
Davidson, 23, joins from Glasgow Warriors following two seasons at Scotstoun, while Sykes, 20, pens his first professional deal with the club having been aligned to Glasgow Warriors as a Stage 3 FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy player and FOSROC Super6 Club, Ayrshire Bulls. Both signings were secured prior to lockdown coming into effect in March.
On signing the second-row pairing, Head Coach Richard Cockerill, said: “We’re really excited to secure the signatures of both Andrew and Marshall – they’re two players that add further strength and depth to our squad.
“Andrew gained plenty of experience down at Newcastle Falcons, while he’s been impressive in limited game time since his return to Glasgow.
“Marshall is still pretty raw, but he’s extremely hardworking and we believe that he has the potential to develop into a really talented lock or back-row. We look forward to working with both players moving forward.”
Davidson came through the ranks at Glasgow’s Kelvinside Academy, before joining the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy where he played his club rugby with Glasgow Hawks.
After a short loan spell with London Scottish, the lock made the move to Newcastle Falcons where he featured in 28 matches during a three-year spell at Kingston Park.
Davidson return to Scotstoun on loan in August 2018 before his move back to Glasgow was made permanent for the 2019-20 campaign.
The dynamic lock has represented Scotland at U16, U18 and U20 age-grade levels.
On switching to the Scottish capital, Davidson, said: “The opportunity to join Edinburgh came up and I thought it would be a great place for me to further develop and improve as a player.
“Edinburgh have shown over the past few seasons that they are one of the best clubs in the league and I’m looking forward to getting started with my new teammates.”
Born in Woodbridge, England and educated at Ipswich’s St Joseph’s College, Sykes qualifies for Scotland through his Dundee-born Grandmother.
The back-row/ lock hybrid forward represented Scotland at U18 level before making his Scotland U20 debut during the 2018 U20 Six Nations.
After a successful 2018 World Rugby U20 Championship campaign, Sykes was aligned to Glasgow Warriors as a Stage 3 FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy player ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Despite missing the 2019 Under-20 Six Nations due to injury, Sykes' form for club side Ayr saw him named in the Scotland squad for the World Rugby Under-20 Championship in Argentina, playing in all five of his side's matches at the tournament.
The 20-year-old has been a standout player for FOSROC Super6 side Ayrshire Bulls in this year’s inaugural Championship and today pens his first professional deal with the capital club.
On signing with Edinburgh, Sykes, said: “I’m very grateful for all the support that I have received during the past two years in the FOSROC Scottish Rugby Academy.
“It’s helped my development massively and opened up this opportunity to join a top club like Edinburgh.
“Edinburgh is clearly a club that prides itself on being physical which is definitely an area that I believe I can excel in.
“For me, it’s now about getting myself in the best condition to hit the ground running for the upcoming season. I hope to make a good impression from the get go and make my mark with my new teammates.”