The last ten days have been exciting for Edinburgh Rugby to say the least.
After the announced signing of South African star WP Nel last week, team officials gave their fans more reason to cheer by extending the contract of winger and try-machine Tim Visser yesterday. It seems the team has continued its signing frenzy as the team announced it had reached an extension agreement with Scotland winger Lee Jones until 2014.
Keeping Jones and Visser is a bold step as Edinburgh attempts to join the elite ranks of professional rugby.
Although not as prolific a scorer as the Dutchman, Jones has proven himself as a reliable scorer for the Black and Red, finishing five tries in 16 appearances. Retaining Jones also demonstrates the organization's desire to keep its own talent from leaving for other places in Europe.
The explosive runner has come a long way since his first professional contract with Selkirk and thrilling Scottish fans on the country's sevens team. After earning his first chance to play with Edinburgh in the 2010-11 season, Jones had a strong campaign in the team's Heineken Cup run last season.
An excited Jones spoke with the media Tuesday afternoon, labeling the Edinburgh organization as a key element into his improvement over the last few seasons.
"In my first year as a professional player I had to adjust to the daily intensity in training and the speed and physicality of the matches," he said. "But, a season on, I've adapted to those demands and am now happy that I am bringing a consistency to my performances for the club."
While Jones is certainly thrilled with his extension, he will have little time to celebrate as he and his Scotland teammates prepare to face France in the Six Nations on Sunday. Jones is sure to receive a generous ovation from his fans at Murrayfield.