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Edinburgh bring in lock Hamilton

Scotland lock Jim Hamilton
Hamilton is looking forward to a new career in Scotland

Scotland lock Jim Hamilton will join Edinburgh from Leicester Tigers this summer on a three-year contract.

The 25-year-old hopes the move north can help him add to his tally of 16 international caps.

"I want to come up to Scotland and earn my stripes," he said. "I want to train hard in pre-season and show the lads what I'm made of through my work ethic.

"I want to play well for Edinburgh and to establish myself with Scotland. I can't wait to get involved."

Edinburgh head coach Andy Robinson said he was delighted to have strengthened his front five options for next season.

"I am really pleased that we have been able to secure a second row of Jim's class and he will come and push for a spot," said the former England boss.

"But there are some good second rows competing for a place with him.

"Jim is highly skilled in the basics of the game, he has real lineout prowess and he is a really strong scrummager.

"Another important quality for Edinburgh will be his mauling work in the tight-loose which will complement the rest of the squad.

"He is a good character as well and it is great that we have added another talented, young Scottish player to the squad."

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