STAND-OFF Charlie Savala

yesterday became the latest

Edinburgh player to commit his future to the club, by signing a three-year contract extension.

The 22-year-old has been understudy to Blair Kinghorn this season and will face extra competition for the No.10 jersey from the summer when Ben Healy arrives from Munster, but is confident that he

can benefit from the challenge.

“Competition for places is always good,” said the Australian, who is qualified to represent Scotland as his father was born in Ayr.

“That’s what brings out the best in you as a player and it’s certainly something I welcome.

“You either rise to it or you don’t. Personally, I think it’s definitely something I’ll rise to.

“‘I spoke with my dad about it during the week in terms of the opportunities that will come next year. I see myself as quite a competitive person.

“You play this sport to be in competitive situations and to test yourself. The squad might look a little bit different next year, but I’m excited for the challenge and the opportunity.”

Savala joined Edinburgh from Sydney Roosters rugby league club in October 2020 and has made 16 appearances this season, eight of them as a starter.

“I think he’s shown enormous growth,” head coach Mike Blair said. “He’s one of our most improved players.

“He’s always had that ability – the off the cuff, the vision, the flair – but what we’ve seen more of in the last six months or so is him studying his trade, putting the work in, understanding game management, when to pass, when to kick.

“He’s got raw ability, the bits you can’t coach, but he’s also a guy who spends time on his own game.

“And when you do that, when you’re self-driven, you’re going to show growth.”