Edinburgh sign No 8 Mike Coman on two-year deal from Hawke Bay
Edinburgh have added to their pack with the signing of No 8 and Hawke Bay skipper Mike Coman on a two-year contract.
Last Updated: 25/09/13 5:17pm
Coman, who lifted New Zealand's provincial Ranfurly Shield last month, will arrive next month subject to a visa and successful medical.
The 25-year-old started his career at Canterbury before joining Hawke Bay and made his Super Rugby debut for Hurricanes off the bench against Crusaders.
Head coach Alan Solomons said: "From speaking to people in New Zealand, and seeing footage of Mike [Coman] in action, I believe this is a very good signing for Edinburgh Rugby.
"He has very good leadership skills, is a very solid number 8, and has all the requisite skills for that position.
"With his background I have no doubt that he will add value to this team, as we continue to build a solid foundation and a brighter future for this club."
Coman added: "I'm very excited to be joining Edinburgh Rugby.
"I've had some great experiences with Hawke's Bay, in particular winning the Ranfurly Shield, but the time feels right to move on and try a new challenge.
"I still have a job to do with the Magpies but I'm really excited about what lies ahead in Edinburgh.
"All the research I've done tells me that it's a club on the rise, and I can't wait to get involved and make a positive contribution to their success."