Matt Scott signs for Leicester Tigers from Edinburgh

Scotland centre thrilled to be joining ‘one of Europe’s biggest clubs’

Matt Scott in action for Edinburgh against Bordeaux during the European Rugby Challenge Cup at Murrayfield Stadium.

Edinburgh centre Matt Scott will leave the club at the end of the season to join English Premiership side, Leicester Tigers.The Scotland internationalist, 29, will link up with the Welford Road club following the conclusion of the 2019-20 campaign.

Edinburgh head coach Richard Cockerill indicated last week that Scott would be moving on at the end of his contract.

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Following a two-year spell with Gloucester, Scott re-joined his hometown team in 2018.In two seasons back in the Scottish capital, the 39-times capped centre has featured in 20 games, scoring six tries in that period, but has suffered injuries including a long-term concussion lay-off.Dunfermline-born Currie RFC product Scott – who spent five years at Edinburgh prior to his move to Kingsholm in 2016 - made a total of 94 appearances for the club, notching up 105 points.

Scott said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Tigers. It is one of the biggest clubs in Europe and an institution of English rugby.“It’s a team I watched growing up, winning a lot, and if someone told me as a teenager that I would play for Tigers, I wouldn’t have believed them.”

Leicester head coach Geordan Murphy said: “Matt is an experienced international who will add vital depth to our squad from next season.“His knowledge of the Premiership and English game is another positive element, as well as what we know he is capable of on the pitch and compliments the talented group we have at the club.“Matt is the type of player we feel will fit in well in Leicester on the pitch with his tough, hard-working style and a strong, good character who will add to our club off the pitch as well, which is in important to what we are building at Tigers.”

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