Former Scotland U20 captain Callum Hunter-Hill has signed a long-term deal with European champions Saracens.
The lock, who was on loan with the club last season, will remain at Allianz Park and play in the Greene King IPA Championship next season following Saracens’ relegation after breaching salary cap regulations.
The 23-year-old, whose rugby journey began in East Lothian, has penned a three-year deal after making 15 appearances in his maiden campaign.
“It’s a mixture of relief and just happiness,” said Hunter-Hill.
“No questions about it really, I was totally excited and really keen to sign my future here and settle down at such a great environment and a great place to be.
I’m so excited to fulfil the potential I feel I’ve been riding off for quite a while and really keen to get the most out of myself and here really is the best place to do that.
“It’s a pretty exciting project to be a part of. The young players here are going to take their game to another level next year in the Championship and that’s going to be a great thing.
“I really wanted to be a part of that and I really want to be a part of that rebuild not only for next year but for the foreseeable future.”
Director of Rugby Mark McCall added: “Callum has fitted in well among the squad and has made steady progress in the short time he has been with us.
“We are very pleased to sign him on a permanent basis and that he will be with us for the challenge of next season and beyond.”
The former Scotland U20 skipper is set to be joined at Saracens by Tim Swinson, who is ready to come out of a short-lived retirement to join the club.
Image credit: Callum Hunter-Hill in action for Saracens. Image credit: Matt Impey/Saracens