Melrose scrum-half Murdo McAndrew has joined Edinburgh on a four-month trial period, writes Duncan Smith.
The former Scotland Under 20s player has been pre-season training with the pro-team and impressed the coaching staff sufficiently to be given the opportunity.
He could now make his Edinburgh debut on Friday evening in the pre-season friendly against Romania at The Greenyards, where he has been playing his club rugby following a two-year stint playing for Clermont Auvergne’s age-grade side in France.
McAndrew said: “I am delighted to get this opportunity. I went through a tough pre-season with the club and it’s great to get rewarded with this chance to show what I can do.
“I had a good season with Melrose last year and trained the whole of this pre-season with Edinburgh, as the club needed scrum-half cover.
“Everyone at the club has been really friendly and welcoming and the senior players have been really helpful over the last few months, so I know I have plenty of people I can go to for advice.”
McAndrew is a product of the Howe of Fife club where his dad, Les, was minis coach. He went on to lift the Brewin Dolphin Plate as a member of the Bell Baxter High School team in 2009 before moving on to represent Caledonia through the age grade system.
After impressing in the Rugby Europe (formerly FIRA) Championships in France with Scotland under-18 in 2012, he was spotted and signed by Clermont Auvergne, straight from school, and spent two years there prior to returning to Scotland to play for Melrose last season.