Gissing On Memorable Season

ImageBen Gissing got himself into the party spirit ahead of Edinburgh's End of Season Dinner on Wednesday with an eye-catching try during the final day win at Scarlets and says he has thoroughly enjoyed his debut campaign at The Castle.

The 32-year-old lock moved to the Scottish capital from Calvisano in the summer and played a hugely influential role in Edinburgh clinching fourth spot in the Magners League " the club's highest ever finish.

And the Kiwi-born Ireland A internationalist admits he has loved every minute of his time at Edinburgh so far; including running in a try at Stradey Park from 30 metres out.

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Gissing said: "It has been a fantastic experience and I"ve really enjoyed it. I always knew I had a couple of seasons left in me when I moved to Edinburgh in the summer and it has been great to show everyone what I can do."

A virtual ever present in the engine room, Gissing only missed one match (Munster at home) and his on-field know-how clearly benefited the team.

But the former Auckland second rower played down his role and says the only thing he did was raise the average age of the Edinburgh squad.

He joked: "What did I bring to the table? I probably brought the average age of the squad right up."

Short-listed to win two awards at Wednesday's End of Season Dinner (best newcomer and try of the season), Gissing believes the secret formula behind the transformation in the team's fortunes was down to meticulous preparation.

He added: 'the attention to detail has probably made the biggest difference to our results. It was really good to finish with a win and everyone is really excited about what we can achieve next year."