I know how good a coach Alan Solomons is and what he brings to the table so I’m delighted to get a chance to work under his guidance again.
- - Prop John Andress.
“He feels that the club has a good infrastructure in place and is now looking to build on it.
“He wants to make the club’s academy system even stronger and build a really good first team for the youngsters to be exposed to, learn from, and grow into first-class players, in order to build a club structure that will become self-reliant.
“I’ve earned a lot of experience in two very tough scrummaging leagues and I’m keen to be part of this vision to build a successful club and work with the younger guys and help them develop.”
Edinburgh Rugby head coach Alan Solomons, added: “John [Andress] is well known to me from my time in Ulster when he was young boy playing under-20 rugby.
“He came through the age-grades in Ireland and then, in my opinion, did the right thing in signing for Exeter who were playing in the Championship.
After a couple of successful years there he joined Harlequins and Worcester in the Premiership, which means he comes to us with a lot of tight-head experience earned in the two very competitive divisions.
- - Edinburgh Rugby head coach Alan Solomons.
“He is an outstanding scrummager, but is also good around the field. I think he will bring a lot to this club.
“We need depth in that tighthead position, and he’ll give us a lot of experience in that role.”
Born: 20 January 1984 in Belfast
Height: 6ft 2in (1.88m), weight: 18st 3lb (116 kg)
Previous clubs: Ulster, Exeter (2007-09), Harlequins (2009-11), Exeter (2011/12), Worcester Warriors (2012-14)Honours: Ireland A (Wolfhounds), Ireland under-19 and U21