Alan Solomons thinks Heathcote can make an immediate impact
Fly-half Tom Heathcote has joined Edinburgh on a one-year deal from Bath and has targeted a permanent place in Scotland's squad.
The 22-year-old was released from his contract's final year at The Rec to allow him to further his international potential, which starts with this summer's Tests versus Argentina and South Africa.
And Heathcote, who was not involved in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations, says that he hopes the opportunities available to him at Murrayfield will help propel him into the Scotland first team.
"This was a really hard decision for me to make - I've played all my senior rugby at Bath and have had some fantastic experiences here," he told the Bath website.
"I haven't been able to get the game time I'd have liked this season though, and if I'm to push on with my career and playing for Scotland I need to be playing regular rugby."
Heathcote's new head coach Alan Solomons expects his new number ten to make an immediate impact after he returns from his summer away with Scotland.
"Tom joins us with three seasons' experience in the English Premiership so I expect him to make a valuable contribution straight away," he told the Edinburgh website.
"His arrival will certainly intensify the competition for places at pivot while, at just 22, he also fits well with our increasingly promising group of young Scots coming through at the club."
With two squads announced by new Scotland coach Vern Cotter for their summer tours, Heathcote swaps places with Ruaridh Jackson to tour South Africa and Argentina, while Jackson will tour USA and Canada.
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