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Chris Paterson signs new contract with Edinburgh

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Paterson will earn his 100th Scotland cap against Wales

Chris Paterson, poised to become the first Scot to be capped 100 times on Saturday, has agreed a new two-year contract with Edinburgh.

And the 31-year-old, who rejoined Edinburgh from Gloucester in 2008, says his aim is to bring silverware to the Magners League club.

"Winning a trophy is a goal for everybody in the squad and the club," said the Scotland full-back.

"We need to cement our progress. I'm excited about the future at Edinburgh."

During his first season back at the club, Paterson, who will earn his 100th cap against Wales in Cardiff, contributed 159 points to help the team to clinch second place in the Magners League.

Everyone knows that Chris is a world-class goal-kicker, but he is also an excellent rugby player

Edinburgh head coach Rob Moffat

He has contributed an average of 181 points in his previous three campaigns at Edinburgh and so far this season has scored 150 points from 14 appearances.

"Since I returned two years ago, I feel I have improved hugely as a player and I'm as happy as I've ever been as a professional," said Paterson.

"The whole backroom set-up at Edinburgh from the coaches through to the fitness staff and analysis is really good and I enjoy being part of the squad.

"I'm really happy to be here and it is a good environment for me to continue progressing.

"Everyone can see the progress we have made and how hard we compete. We finished second last year and this season we are targeting a place in the play-offs with the aim of going all the way."

Paterson becomes the third Scotland international to extend his stay with Edinburgh this month following new deals for prop Allan Jacobson and scrum-half Mike Blair.

Head coach Rob Moffat welcomed the news and stressed that the full-back has lots more to offer the team than just his accuracy with the kicking tee.

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"Everyone knows that Chris is a world-class goal-kicker, but he is also an excellent rugby player," he said.

"There is a lot that Chris brings to the table and, in the absence of Mike Blair and Ally Hogg, he has captained the team very well and he has led by example.

"The way he conducts himself in training and the consistency of his performances have been a real asset.

"He continues to be a very influential player for Edinburgh and I believe that there is plenty of rugby left in Chris.

"The way he goes about his business sets an example to the rest of the squad. The way he trains and the way he applies himself is first class."

Chief executive Nic Cartwright was also delighted to extend the stay of a player he described as "the best goal-kicker in the world".



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see also
Scotland recall Parks and Murray
09 Feb 10 |  Scottish
Jacobson signs new Edinburgh deal
04 Feb 10 |  Edinburgh
Blair extends stay with Edinburgh
03 Feb 10 |  Edinburgh


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