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Gilchrist Signs On Until 2017

Grant Gilchrist - pic © Al Ross
Grant Gilchrist - pic © Al Ross

In something of a surprise to the world at large who were all but resigned to Grant Gilchrist heading off to France, Edinburgh Rugby today confirmed that the lock and erstwhile Scotland captain has committed to the capital club until the end of May 2017.

Gilchrist represented Scotland throughout the age grades and was a recipient of the Macphail Scholarship to New Zealand. He made his full Scotland debut in the 2013 RBS 6 Nations and led his country during the 2014 summer tour. Just after Vern Cotter joined the fray and named him as Scotland captain his career has been blighted by injury, the latest a broken arm just a few games into a comeback from the groin injury that ended his World Cup.

The cynic might ask: did Toulon baulk at medical bills? But it’s great news for Alan Solomons and Edinburgh. His aim will be to return fully fit for pre-season later in the year and restore some much needed depth to Edinburgh and Scotland’s second row department.


8 Responses

  1. In other news, just noticed that Gilchrist has signed on until 2017. That’s great news. I hope he can put this run of injuries behind him for both Edinburgh and his sake.

    1. That is a great piece of news. Hopefully, some other top tier players will follow suit.

    2. European rugby , warmer climate, exciting district to explore, life changing culture to embrace and great learning from the best players in the world. I suppose it is not everyone’s cup of tea and there will have been a lot to consider, both personal and career. Brave decision and lots of luck. I just hope the SRU can deliver whatever they promised.

      1. Most likely Toulon rescinded their offer once Gilchrist was crocked again – O’Connell retired without playing a game for them so they’re going to be as wary as everyone else that this could be Gilcho’s final chance. It’s only a one year contract from the SRU, probably just giving a promising player another chance to rebuild his career.

      2. FF – I do not disagree. There is more to it than both our posts,indeed more than anything said in this blog.

        The Toulon deal would have been more than enough for most , unless there is a compelling personal reason to keep him in the uk (and there might be).

        This lads injury record is such that Toulon should not have been anywhere near him in the first place, what on earth were they thinking. We are not seeing all the facts.

        Whatever the reasons, Gilchrist, must now, be having a confidence crisis, not necessarily of his own making, is my real opinion.

        Dumped by Toulon and signing , or being acquiesced into signing a deal with an employer you were willing to leave, is a vulnerable place for him.

        It will not be easy coming back from such a long layoff and hoping to pick up where he left off. He now has to deal with the mental issues the Toulon offer, acceptance, retraction ,extraction has brought.

        I doubt any agent or lawyer would accept an injury exclusion clause, however, contracts are often of no consequence in the fast moving short lived careeer of professional rugby.

        Sounds a mess to me. Lets hope he has some encouraging people around him.

      3. The reality is that he’s been unlucky with injury but it isn’t a recurrent injury. Broken bones heal much better than niggling little cartilage/muscular/tendon issues.

        I’ve never really seen him as being that great but for him to be followed by Toulon and rated highly by Cotter, he must have more to him than I’ve seen.

        He has time on his side. If he can stop breaking things, he’s only 25 so has, realistically, probably 10 more years of pro-rugby ahead of him. If he manages to take this whole summer away from contact, drinks his milk for the calcium and focuses on returning full force next season, I’d suggest he might get that move away after-all.

      4. Cameron – the first broken arm was a bone that didn’t knit together as heal after 3 months an had to be rebroken and pinned, taking Gilchrist out for the rest of the season. This season’s broken arm is keeping him out for five
        months of a season. He’ lost almost two whole seasons to injury. If he gets another long term injury I can’t imagine who’ll want to pay him to recover instead of playing, not to mention whether he’ll ever get back the form that almot made him a Scotland captain.

  2. Glad to see he’s staying in Scotland and very much hope he gets an injury free run for Edinburgh resulting in being back in the national mix. If for nothing else to put an end to the calls for the Toolis brothers to be called up. Good club players they might be but I have seen nothing from them that suggests they are anywhere near able to replace the Greys. Just to ensure I dispel any east west bias, I have similar misgivings about Swinson. Again a good hard working player but not an adequate replacement. Gilchrist, when fit and on form, can step up, and will always be on the selectors mind. Given that VC obviously sees him as a leader, it will be interesting to see if he or JG becomes the longer term skipper after GL.

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