Edinburgh have handed a new deal to Scotland wing Damien Hoyland on the same day Jamie Farndale made his loan from Scotland Sevens permanent.

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Hoyland, 26, has overcome two injury-hit years to rediscover his top form in eight run-outs this term. The capital-born playmaker – who is now in his sixth season with the club – has scored 21 tries in 71 appearances since joining the club from Borders side Melrose in 2014.

Hoyland said: “I’m delighted to have committed my future to my home club. We’re on the brink of achieving something special here and I’m really excited to be part of that.

“I’ve had a tough couple of years with injury setbacks but I’m really happy with where I am physically right now thanks to our amazing rehab team.

“I finally feel like I’m in a position to kick on and keep improving my rugby and I’m excited to see where that takes me. The group of guys we have here are like family and I’m looking forward to grafting with them for the seasons ahead.”

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Farndale, 25, has been with the club since the summer – featuring in five games and scoring against Zebre and Leinster in the Guinness PRO14. “I’m delighted to sign this deal,” said the wing. “Edinburgh is the club that I grew up supporting and having come through the club’s age-grade teams and academy system, it has been a huge part of my rugby career.

“The team is in a very exciting place just now. The boys that are here and the environment and coaching all make it a great place to be. I really believe there are big days for the club not so far away and I’m excited for the opportunity to be part of that.”

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Edinburgh boss Richard Cockerill said: “Damien has been impressive since returning from injury and has been very dependable whether operating on the wing or at full-back. He’s an Edinburgh man and core member of this squad. We’re delighted that he’ll continue his rugby development with this club in the seasons to come.

“We’re also delighted that Jamie has signed on a permanent deal. He’s a hardworking player who always gives 100 per cent. Jamie’s skill-set brings something different to our back three and we’re excited to see him kick on further at his hometown team.”

– Press Association 

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