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Charlie Shiel agrees contract extension with Edinburgh

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A dejected Charlie Shiel of Edinburgh after the United Rugby Championship match between Leinster and Edinburgh at the RDS Arena in Dublin. (Photo By Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Scrum-half Charlie Shiel has agreed a one-year contract extension with hometown club Edinburgh.

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The 26-year-old graduated from the club’s academy in 2018 and has gone on to make 61 appearances.

Shiel – whose father Graham won 18 Scotland caps – has been rewarded with a new deal for next season.

“I’m delighted to again extend terms with my hometown club,” he told the Edinburgh website. “Edinburgh is home for me and I’m proud to pull on the jersey every time I’m called upon.

“We’ve got a brilliant group of players at this club, many of whom are my best mates, so coming to training every day and playing for a club which means so much to me is something I really enjoy.

“It’s been great to get game time this season and I’m really enjoying the competition at nine with Ali [Price] and Ben [Vellacott], while some of the younger guys coming through are keeping us on our toes.”

Head coach Sean Everitt is delighted to be retaining Shiel, who was called up to the Scotland squad in 2021 but remains uncapped.

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“We’re really pleased to extend Charlie’s time with us for another season,” he said. “He’s extremely coachable and a pleasure to work with, while his playmaking abilities can be a real spark for this team.

“Charlie is just someone who wants to improve his game every day and play as hard as he can for his hometown club, and it’s guys like that we want at Edinburgh Rugby.”

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