Edinburgh stint coming to an end for Hamilton
Luke Hamilton will be leaving Edinburgh at the end of the season, head coach Richard Cockerill has confirmed.
Scotland international Hamilton, who started his career at Cardiff Blues, only signed for Edinburgh from Leicester Tigers last year but has decided to leave the Pro14 outfit after just one season.
The 27-year-old back row was offered a new deal but Cockerill revealed the Pembroke-born star rejected the terms.
"Luke was offered a contract but he declined it because we could not agree terms," he told scrummagazine.com. "I've no idea what he has planned. You would have to ask him that. It is one of those things."
Cockerill also confirmed Ross Ford, who is also leaving at the end of the campaign after 11 years with the club, will not be taking up a coaching role with the Scottish side.
He added: "He won't be with Edinburgh. He is the most capped Scotsman of all time. 110 caps should be respected. It depends on what Fordy wants to do."
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