Edinburgh Rugby scrum-half Sean Kennedy has signed his first senior professional contract with the club to keep him at Murrayfield until 2015.
Kennedy was aligned to Edinburgh Rugby as part of the national elite development programme (EDP) but has also featured for Glasgow Warriors as injury cover, impressing during his seven appearances for them.
The 22-year-old was included in Scotland's training camp ahead of the Six Nations and did well in his first senior representative match for Scotland A in the win over England Saxons at Kingston Park.
"I'm really chuffed. I've come through the age-grades on the EDP programme and have kept working and developing from there," Kennedy told the club's official website.
"It's another step in the right direction for me as a player and I'm really enjoying it.
"The experience I gained from last season was invaluable. As an EDP player all you want is game time and I got more than I expected, which was brilliant.
"I was surprised to be named in the Scotland training squad but, at the same time, I didn't think it was out of my reach and never felt out of place.
"To train with the squad and start for Scotland A was incredible, especially as I was still an EDP.
"As a senior player, more is now expected of me off the field, like helping the younger players find their feet, especially as I've just come out of the programme. I want to lead by example.
"But nothing changes in terms of how hard I work or how much I want to improve. I always want to be better, challenge and become the starting nine.
"When you look at the Edinburgh squad it's a really good team with some great players. We all know we've a tough pre-season in-store but I can't wait to get the boots on and get out there."
Interim Edinburgh Rugby head coach Stevie Scott also declared himself thrilled to land the 22-year-old on a permanent deal.
"We're delighted have secured the services of such a promising home-grown talent," said Scott.
"He's a product of Alloa, Stirling County and the elite development programme and, having honed his skills on the international sevens circuit, has shone on the senior stage.
"His full-time signing means we now have fierce competition in a crucial position, with captain Greig Laidlaw also under pressure from Chris Leck, Alex Black and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, who's currently on the Macphail scholarship in New Zealand.
"Such strength in depth is key to any squad's success and I'm sure it will become an intriguing part of the club's future campaigns."
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