Nutton pens pro deal

Nutton pens pro deal

​Scrum-half Dan Nutton has today penned his first professional contract with the capital side.

Nutton, 24, joins his hometown team on a permanent deal after originally linking up with the squad on a temporary basis to provide cover at the end of the 2019-20 season.

The scrum-half – who was originally on a partnership deal with FOSROC Super6 side Heriot’s Rugby in 2019-20 – graduates to a full-time contract after impressing in a handful of appearances.

On penning a pro deal, Nutton, said: “It has been a goal of mine for a long time to earn a professional contract, so to finally achieve that is massive for me.

“Growing up, I was a big Edinburgh Rugby fan, heading down to every home game with my Dad and brother. So, to be able to train and play for the club I’ve grown up supporting is a real honour.

“This year for me is all about getting my head down and developing my game as much as possible. I’m always hungry to improve my skills and I certainly have the resources to do so here at Edinburgh.”

Head Coach Richard Cockerill, added: “Dan had worked really hard since re-joining the team at the end of last season and he’s clearly a player that wants to improve his own game.

“He still young and improving all the time, but we’re excited to see how develops further in a very competitive scrum-half position.”

Nutton came through the ranks at Merchiston Castle School – in the same year as current Glasgow Warriors centre Stafford McDowall – while he played age-grade rugby for Scotland at U16 level.

After being named in the extended Scotland U20 squad for the 2015 U20 Six Nations, Nutton made the move to focus on his schooling before moving to Sydney in 2016 where he played club rugby for Eastern Suburbs.

The scrum-half returned to the UK in 2017 to study at Newcastle University, where he combined academic work with rugby – playing for the University side and training with the associate academy at Newcastle Falcons.

After graduating with a degree in Countryside Management, Nutton returned north to the Scottish capital where he joined Edinburgh on a partnership deal with Heriot’s Rugby to start the 2019-20 season.

The scrum-half made his debut for the club in a 10-31 European Challenge Cup win over Agen in November 2019, before making his first home appearance for his boyhood club in last month’s 2020-21 Guinness PRO14 opener against Ospreys.

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