Dickinson feels he’s the real deal

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Scotland prop Alasdair Dickinson, who was yesterday revealed as Edinburgh’s third signing for next season, believes the club is acquiring a superior player to the one who left six years ago.

The 29-year-old spent three seasons at Murrayfield before moving south to join Gloucester and subsequently transferring to Sale Sharks.

Dickinson is relishing the chance to show how much he has developed during his period in England, saying: “I’m delighted to have signed a new deal for Edinburgh Rugby, and to return to Scotland.

“I’ve learned a huge amount from my time in the ­English Premiership and believe I’m coming back to the club a ­completely different and much improved player.

“I’m looking forward to putting that into practice for the club who gave me my first chance in professional rugby, alongside some quality players in the front row.”

Edinburgh’s interim coach, Steve Scott, knows Dickinson well, having worked with him at Sale.

He said of the player: “He does everything by the book to get the best out of himself and what he can contribute to the team, so, from that point of view, he will be a great addition to Edinburgh Rugby next season.”