Captain Chris Signs On Again
6th major re-signing for Gunners
Edinburgh Gunners' captain and Scotland wing Chris Paterson has signed again with the side for a further two years.
His signature is the sixth in a line of high profile Scotland players to reaffirm their commitment to the club as Paterson follows his vice-captain Scott Murray, prop Allan Jacobsen, scrum-half Mike Blair, winger Simon Webster and full-back Hugo Southwell.
Paterson kicked two penalties and two conversions in Sunday's 20-16 win over France at Murrayfield in the RBS 6 Nations Championship and again starts on the right wing for this weekend's match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
He has led Edinburgh in all but four matches this season including notable victories over London Wasps and Llanelli Scarlets in the Heineken Cup and away wins over Llanelli and Leinster in the Celtic League. He has so far scored 151 points for Edinburgh this season, including four tries.
Paterson said: "I'm obviously thrilled to have signed again. I'm thoroughly enjoying my time with the Gunners and I'm eager to win some club honours. We are getting closer and closer to that and the squad we have at the moment is just great. We're heading in the right direction and I feel I'm part of something special.
"I enjoy the responsibilities I've got in the team and don't think I could captain a better bunch of players. We've had a very good season but I think it's fair to say that we haven't hit our full potential quite yet. It's my job as captain to bring the best out of the players and I don't think that will be long in coming," he added.
Edinburgh Gunners' head coach Todd Blackadder said: "It is fantastic that our captain has signed again, especially on the back of some of our most high profile and talented players. They have all demonstrated that they are committed to Edinburgh and feel they can achieve all they want to in rugby with our club.
"There is real pride in the Edinburgh jersey and we can see that being translated into our players' performances on the pitch for Scotland. We are so proud of the win at the weekend and these signings are sending out all the right signals to our younger players. We have developed an environment in which players can achieve and aspire to the top level for both the club and Scotland," he added.
CHRIS PATERSON (Gala and Edinburgh Gunners). Full back/stand-off/wing. Born 30.3.78 in Edinburgh. 6ft, 12st 4lbs. Christopher Douglas Paterson became the 19th Scot to reach the landmark of 50 caps when he faced South Africa at Murrayfield in November 2004. Earlier in that Autumn series he became the second highest scoring Scot in a single match when he scored 40 points (three tries, eleven conversions and one penalty) against Japan at McDiarmid Park in Perth, at the same time boosting Paterson into second place behind Gavin Hastings as Scotland's highest points scorer of all time. He surpassed Andy Irvine's total of 273. His participation in the 2004 Scotland summer tour was cut short when he sustained a serious facial injury in the Test match against Samoa in Wellington. A compressed multiple fracture of the right cheekbone put him on the plane home to Scotland following surgery in Sydney but he made a comeback in the opening match of the 2004 Abbey Autumn Tests at Murrayfield against Australia. He made his first outing as Scotland captain for the opening game of the 2004 Six Nations against Wales. Earlier in the season he made a double try scoring start to Scotland's 2003 world cup campaign against Japan and crossed the line again in their next game against the USA. He continued to take Scotland's kicks throughout the tournament and became the major play-maker when he was fielded at stand-off for the matches against Fiji and Australia. He also scored 29 points including his 10th Test try on Scotland's 2003 tour of South Africa, thus continuing the tremendous form he showed in that year's Six Nations Championship. He was Scotland's top points contributor (50) in that competition having landed 15 goals out of 18 attempts and added two tries to his haul over the five matches. His 18 points against Italy - including his ninth Test try - also saw him become the 11th Scot to surpass 100 points in Test rugby. That was a follow on from his new individual record for a Scot against Wales with his 20 points haul in that success. He scored his first Test try for Scotland in the second Test of the 2000 summer tour to New Zealand and followed up with a cracking try in the 53-6 November win against the United States. His best international try, however, came in the February 2001 Six Nations Championship draw with Wales, featuring blistering pace and sidestep as he stormed in from half-way. Against Ireland in September 2001, Paterson was chosen on the wing for the first time at full international level and he marked that game with some assured goal-kicking and punting and intelligent footballing skill. In all, Paterson played in five matches on the 2000 New Zealand tour, contributing 21 points, including two tries, to the success against East Coast Poverty Bay. In season 1999/2000 he made his international debut as Scotland's full back in the World Cup win over Spain and was in the same No 15 shirt for his Six Nations debut against France in March 2000. Having started both schools and club rugby as a stand-off, he was full back against Mpumalanga in his only game on Scotland's 1999 tour to South Africa. He progressed to selection for the tour via the Scottish Schools and Scotland's under-19 and under-21 teams. His four under-19 internationals were all in the 1997 FIRA World Junior Championship in Buenos Aires. In his Scotland A games so far he has scored 51 points. A product of Galashiels Academy, his debut in senior club rugby was as an 18-year-old against Kelso in September, 1996. Against the same opponents, he scored the winning try and the clinching drop goal in Gala's victory in the 1999 Scottish Cup final at Murrayfield. He joined Edinburgh Reivers in season 1999/2000, though previously he had made two appearances for Glasgow Caledonians, for whom he had a notable debut against Ulster in September, 1998, when he broke from almost his own goal-line to run more than 80 metres before delivering the scoring pass.
International record: 60 caps. 1999 - WC(Sp). 2000 - F W E NZ1 NZ2 USA A Sam. 2001 - F W E It I NZ. 2002 - E It I F W C USA R SA Fj. 2003 - I F W E It SA1 SA2 It (rep) W (rep) I WC(J USA F Fj A) 2004 - W E It F I Sam A J A SA. 2005 - F I It W E R Arg Sam NZ. 2006 - F Points: 417 - 18 tries, 73 penalties, 51 conversions and 2 drop goals.