Edinburgh's Scotland centre Matt Scott signs contract extension

Edinburgh's Matt Scott in action for Scotland

Edinburgh have extended the contract of Matt Scott, with head coach Alan Solomons hailing the Scotland centre as an "exceptional athlete".

The 23-year-old has signed for the Pro12 outfit until summer 2016.

"This is incredibly good news for us," said Solomons. "Matt is an outstanding young talent who has now established himself at international level.

"It's great to have a Scottish player of that calibre commit himself to the future of this club."

Dunfermline-born Scott, who previously played for Currie, joined Edinburgh's elite development programme in the summer of 2011.

He now has 19 Scotland caps and national head coach Scott Johnson last month predicted that Scott and Glasgow Wanderers' Alex Dunbar were forming a world-class partnership.

"Matt is an exceptional athlete," said Edinburgh coach Solomons. "He is a physical and powerful player who runs good lines and presents a real threat to the opposition.

"The time is probably right for him to play a greater role in the broad leadership group within the club and I think he will have much to offer in that regard, particularly for young aspiring Scottish players."

Scott joins fellow Scots caps David Denton, Alasdair Dickinson and Greig Tonks in extending his contract this season.

The centre was delighted to follow suit and commit himself to Edinburgh "at a key time in my career".

"I've made life-long friends at the club over the past few years and it's good that we're keeping a good core of guys that know how much it means to play for Edinburgh," said Scott.

"That was key for me and I'm happy to be one of those guys and be part of building the club going forward."