EDINBURGH are a step closer to finalising their squad for next season after tighthead prop Pietro Ceccarelli agreed to re-sign for another year. The Italian international has so far made 10 appearances since joining on an initial one-year contract last summer from French club Oyonnax.
“Pietro has made a big impact since joining the club last year and we’ve been impressed with how quickly he’s adapted to our style of play,” head coach Richard Cockerill said. “He’s physical at the point of contact and works tirelessly in training every day. We’re delighted that he’s committed to the club for another year.”
The 27-year-old from Rome is behind WP Nel and Simon Berghan in the pecking order for the No 3 jersey, but will be reliable back-up during the international windows next season provided he is not called up by Italy. “I’m really happy to have signed with Edinburgh for a further year,” said Ceccarelli, who has 11 caps for the Azzurri.
“There’s a brilliant environment at the club and it’s the perfect place to continue my development as a rugby player. We’re working extremely hard as a group and I’ll continue to give my all to this club as we look ahead to the new season.”
The new deal for Ceccarelli comes a day after English Championship club Coventry announced that they had signed Senitiki Nayalo from Edinburgh on a two-year contract. Like Ceccarelli, the 28-year-old Fijian back-row forward joined Cockerill’s squad last summer, but has so far made only three appearances.