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Pro12: Edinburgh sign Scotland fly-half Tom Heathcote from Bath

Last Updated: 02/06/14 12:37pm

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Tom Heathcote: Agreed move north to Edinburgh

Tom Heathcote: Agreed move north to Edinburgh

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Scotland fly-half Tom Heathcote has agreed to leave Bath to join Edinburgh after signing a one-year deal.

Heathcote, 22, had a year left on his existing contract at the Recreation Ground, but the Aviva Premiership club said his release had been agreed "to allow him to progress his career and international aspirations".

The Inverness-born back progressed through Bath's academy system, making more than 50 first-team appearances and scoring close to 400 points.

He won the first of his three caps for Scotland off the bench in the 2012 EMC Test against Tonga at Pittodrie Stadium in Aberdeen. His two international starts came in the summer quadrangular tournament against Samoa and Italy in South Africa last year.

He said: "I'm really excited about joining Edinburgh Rugby, to play for them in the PRO12 and European Rugby Challenge Cup, and to play where I want to be internationally.

Vision

"I've followed the club quite closely for a number of seasons and have seen the improvements made this year. I think it's a club that's in a good position to push on.

"Alan Solomons has a really strong vision for the future. There's a lot of good young players that are expected to develop under him, which I think will take the club from strength to strength over the next few years."

Solomons said: "Tom joins us with three seasons' experience in the English Premiership, so I expect him to make a valuable contribution straight away."

Heathcote admitted it would be a wrench to leave the West Country and said: "I've played all my senior rugby at Bath and have had some fantastic experiences here.

"I haven't been able to get the game-time I would have liked this season though, and if I am to push on with my career and playing for Scotland I need to be playing regular rugby."

Bath head coach Mike Ford said: "He's a fantastic young player and a true professional at a young age.

"He was keen to move to help further his international career before the Rugby World Cup, and we didn't want to hinder his chances of playing for Scotland. I am sure the move will help him reach his full potential, and we wish him all the very best at Edinburgh."

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