Leonardi earns contract extension

Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:07
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Edinburgh have extended the contract of 26-year-old Argentine international Tomas Leonardi until 2015.

Edinburgh have extended the contract of 26-year-old Argentine international Tomas Leonardi until 2015.

The 18-times capped back row was signed on a short-term deal to the end of 2013, and has done enough in the eyes of the club's coaches to merit an 18-month extension.

Leonardi, who has made five starts in seven appearances since arriving in October, said: "This is great news for me. I've worked really hard in my time here and I'm really happy to re-sign for the rest of this season and one more.

"When I first came here I was really impressed with the facilities, the squad and the coaching, so was very excited to get the opportunity to train and play.

"In these three months I've done my absolute best to perform for the club and make a good impression.

"Securing a longer deal eases my mind a bit and allows me to focus more on myself and plan some longer-term improvements for my game, but I'll still work as hard, day by day, to repay the coaches for the faith they've shown in me.”

Raised at the prominent San Isidero Club in Buenos Aires, Leonardi began his professional career in 2010 for Argentina's high performance squad, the Pampas XV, in South Africa's Vodacom Cup.

He went on to establish himself in the national side, earning 18 international caps to date, before joining the Kings franchise for the 2013 southern hemisphere season before moving to the capital.

Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons added said: "Tomas is a physical, abrasive and hard working player and his training and performances have justified this extension.

"He's comfortable across the whole back row and this versatility is extremely valuable to the squad.

"He's settled in the city and with the squad, and has done well in the short time he's been with the club.

"We're really pleased he's agreed to stay for another season and look forward to the value he'll continue to add in an immensely competitive area of the Edinburgh squad.”

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