Ford staying put to move career forward

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KELSO’S Ross Ford, pictured, has committed his long-term future to Edinburgh, signing a new two-year contract and underlining his intention to help the club fulfil its potential.

The 46-cap hooker, whose career in the black and red began in October 2007, says that Edinburgh’s drive to progress both on and off the field convinced him to dedicate the prime years of his career to the side from the Scottish capital.

Ford’s form with both the Murrayfield outfit and Scotland saw him called up to the British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa in 2009, where he appeared as a replacement in the third test win in Johannesburg.

He has since established himself as a mainstay of the national team, being lauded for his displays in the historic wins over Australia, Ireland, Argentina and South Africa, and has continued to impress for Edinburgh.

Ford, 26, expressed his delight at signing up for at least another two campaigns, saying: “As a player, you always want to be part of a set-up that’s going forward and I firmly believe that this is the right environment for me to carry on maturing.”

He added: “I look forward to enjoying more good times with Edinburgh. It’s great to have my future sorted out, and I’m thrilled that future is with Edinburgh.”

Nick Scrivener, the club’s interim head coach, added: “Physically, Ross is a tremendous specimen: he’s got all the ingredients you’d want in a modern hooker as well as a fantastic work ethic.

“We’re looking to him to really be a leader, in terms of his own performance and how he influences those around him, and we look forward to working with him to ensure he continues to go from strength to strength over the next couple of years.”