Richard Cockerill wants new Edinburgh lock Andrew Davidson to kick on in the Capital and battle for a place in his squad, despite impressive competition for the locking berths.
Edinburgh announced last week they’d lured Davidson from Scotstoun after just a season back in Glasgow.
Prior to his move back north, Davidson had spent three years at Newcastle Falcons, but made only 12 appearances for the club in that time.
Last season, he made just six appearances for Glasgow in the Guinness PRO14, and only one of those as a starter, so when the opportunity arose for Cockerill to speak with the 23-year-old, he jumped at the chance.
“Andrew hadn’t had a huge amount of game time at Glasgow. I enquired about him because we were looking for a lock and SQ [Scotland-qualified] is obviously a lot better than a foreign player.
“He’s got a lot of ability and there is a lot of potential growth in his game. He is very aggressive, a good lineout forward and a big man.
“We think he will develop in our programme. He was just a good fit for us.
“For whatever reason, he didn’t get much love at Glasgow so it was an opportunity.
“I had a good discussion with him, told him where I saw him in my plans moving forward, and it was his choice whether he wanted to come or not.”
Cockerill knows that he’ll need depth in the engine room, with his first choice pairing Grant Gilchrist and Ben Toolis likely to be involved with Scotland.
“He saw the natural gap in our squad. We have two test locks who will go away a lot, while Fraser McKenzie is getting towards the end of his career at his age.
“He [Davidson] will create good competition with Lewis Carmichael, Fraser McKenzie, Marshall Sykes and Jamie Hodgson.
“We are going to need that strength in depth.
“It is a good opportunity for him. He is keen to come and to improve and get on.
“I think we can offer him that.”
Image caption: Andrew Davidson will hope to make his mark at Edinburgh after agreeing a switch from Glasgow Warriors last week. Image credit: Scottish Rugby/SNS