Scotland prop Geoff Cross believes signing a new deal with Edinburgh is the best way to maximise his chances of securing a regular place in the national side.
The powerhouse from Gala made his RBS 6 Nations debut against Wales at Murrayfield on the opening weekend of the 2009 tournament.
He made a significant impression too, putting in a couple of big tackles before a third challenge saw him sin-binned and knocked out cold at the same time.
The injury saw the 26-year-old lose his place in Scotland’s squad for the rest of the Six Nations as Alasdair Dickinson and Euan Murray ended the tournament in the front row.
But Cross sees his new one-year deal as the perfect way to add to his Scotland experience.
“I’m pleased to have extended my contract with Edinburgh and I intend to continue to grow as a player in an excellent environment,” he said.
“I believe it is the ideal environment for me to pursue my dream to represent my country again in the future and achieving my goals as a player.”