EDINBURGH Rugby centurion Chris Dean has extended his contract with the Capital club.

The 28-year-old, who rose through the ranks at North Berwick, has made 120 appearances in the Edinburgh midfield since his debut for the club in 2015.

The inside centre, who has scored 17 tries for the club over the last seven years, has been in impressive form in recent weeks.

Now, he is looking to continue that relationship and push Edinburgh on.

He said: “I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to continue with Edinburgh.

“It’s always been home to me and I look forward to pulling on the jersey as many times as I can.

“I really am loving my rugby at the minute.

“With Mike [Blair, head coach] coming in, the new stadium and new brand of rugby, it’s reinvigorated my love for the game.

“I’m more excited than ever to keep improving and playing for Edinburgh.”

The former Law Primary School pupil’s name will forever be etched in the 1872 Cup history books after late heroics sealed a dramatic 18-17 victory against Glasgow Warriors in December 2017, despite Edinburgh having played the game with 14 men for well over 70 minutes.

The centre was in action on Saturday, playing the majority of the match as Edinburgh defeated Glasgow Warriors 28-11 in an intercity derby at BT Murrayfield, to reclaim the 1872 Cup and secure Champions Cup qualification.

Speaking ahead of the game, Dean, of North Berwick, said: “I’m excited for every game but the 1872 Cup always has a special edge to it.

“It’s always a great occasion and I look forward to hopefully playing a part in a successful day.

“There have been some great memories over the years but I’d have to give it to the try I scored in the final minutes in 2017.

“It certainly wasn’t the most spectacular try but it was an electrifying feeling snatching the win with 14 men.

“It was a good night.”

Head coach Mike Blair was delighted to see his player extend his stay at the DAM Health Stadium.

He said: “Chris is an Edinburgh man, a club centurion and one of the most experienced players in the squad – we’re delighted to re-sign him for next season.

“After a frustrating start to the year with unavailability, Chris has taken the opportunities that have come his way and has really impressed us with his performances and his energy.

“He’s very confident at the moment, which was shown in his performances against Wasps and Ulster.

“In those games in particular, he showcased how dangerous he can be creatively and how hard he is working for the team.”