Edinburgh sign Aussie winger who can run 100m in 10.69sec

Edinburgh have added Australian wing Alex Northam to their squad for next season.

New Edinburgh signing Alex Northam in action for La Rochelle against Worcester Warriors last season.  Picture: Tony Marshall/Getty Images
New Edinburgh signing Alex Northam in action for La Rochelle against Worcester Warriors last season. Picture: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

The Sydney-born 23-year-old arrives from French club La Rochelle, where has been playing on loan from North Harbour Rays.

The former Australia Under-20 and Sevens international, whose best time over 100 metres is said to be 10.69 seconds, said: “I’m looking forward to joining the club and especially keen to work with [coach] Alan [Solomons]. We’ve talked about developing my game and he feels he can really help me.

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“The boys here have told me the club’s moving in the right direction and they’ve got a good team atmosphere.

“What am I looking to add to the mix? I’m hoping to bring my speed and pace to the game, to execute and finish on some of the backline plays.”

Solomons added: “Alex is a welcome addition to the club.

“He is a young wing with exceptional pace, who has played for Australia at under-20 level and has, this past season, gained valuable experience in the Top 14.

“I believe he will add a vital edge to our attack and look forward to having him with us next season.”