New deals for Reivers duo
May 5, 2000
Scotland internationals Graham Shiel and Chris Paterson have committed themselves to Edinburgh Reivers for a further three years each.
Centre Shiel, 29, is set to see out his career under new head coach Frank Hadden after returning to the international fold this year while playing with the Reivers.
Versatile Paterson, who can play at full-back and stand-off, broke into the Scotland set-up in the World Cup last year in his first season as a professional.
"The Reivers set-up is excellent. They look after us really well and have the very best in coaching," said Paterson.
Shiel insists the foresight of the Edinburgh team had been a key factor in his decision to re-sign.
"The Reivers are ambitious and I want to play my part in realising those ambitions," he said.
But there was bad news on the injury front for current head coach Bob Easson before he stepped down at the end of the season.
Derrick Lee has been ruled out of the final two games of the campaign with a fractured cheekbone sustained in the win over Ebbw Vale last month.
Lee does not require an operation but has been ruled out for up to four weeks. However, he will be fit for consideration for the Scotland tour of New Zealand and Fiji.
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