Local Winger Joins Edinburgh

ImageMarc Teague admits he is grateful to Edinburgh coach Andy Robinson for handing him a chance in Magners League rugby and believes his ascendancy into the professional ranks will encourage other homegrown players in Premier One.
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At the advanced age of 27, Heriot's and Scotland club international wing Teague admits he thought the chance of playing full-time rugby had almost passed him by.
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But he has signed a six-month deal with Edinburgh after impressing the coaching staff during pre-season; something he is delighted about.
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Teague said: "I"m really pleased to have signed a professional contract with Edinburgh; it is something that I"ve been trying to do for years."

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"It shows everybody that Andy Robinson wants to develop Scottish talent rather than bringing in overseas players.
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'that can only be encouraging for the players in Premier One because it shows there is still a chance for them to play professional rugby in Scotland."
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Over recent seasons, Teague has lined up in the same Heriot's back-line as Scotland internationalist Nick De Luca and Edinburgh's Newcomer of the Year John Houston.
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Also last season he featured alongside Jim Thompson, Steve Turnbull, Fraser McKenzie and Bruce McNeil at Goldenacre " all summer signings at Edinburgh.
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As a result, he admits seeing them all progress through to the professional ranks inspired him to pursue his dream of signing for Edinburgh.
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He said: "I had played with all these boys and seen them earn recognition.
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"I thought I had played well over the past four seasons and scored tries.
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"But I really wanted to prove my worth in the club international matches earlier on in the year to see how far away I was from the professional scene.
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"Now I realise I have to take the next step which is to try and break into the Edinburgh side and that is probably the hardest thing I"ve ever had to do."
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After spending his entire playing career at Heriot's, Teague, who has since stepped down as club captain, thanked the club for helping him develop into a professional player.
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He said: "I owe a lot to Heriot's and I think the fact they look to play open rugby and allow players to express themselves helps individuals develop."
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Meanwhile, Robinson welcomed the latest arrival to his squad " now containing 41 players " but stressed Teague still has plenty to prove.
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Robinson said: "Marc has impressed me with his enthusiasm, attitude and professionalism since he started training with the team in pre-season.
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"But he has only signed a contract for six months and we will see how he develops over that period of time.
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"Our 41-man squad now has only two non-Scottish qualified players which is very pleasing."