Paterson to call it a day

by Michelle Fortune , 01 May 2012

Chris Paterson will bring the curtain down on his career on Saturday when Edinburgh host Treviso.

Just five months after calling time on his international career, Paterson is to play his final match for Edinburgh in their RaboDirect PRO12 finale at Murrayfield before taking up a new non-playing role with the club.

Paterson represented his country 109 times - his final appearance came in the 16-12 loss to England at the World Cup - and developed a reputation as one of the best kickers in the game as he amassed a massive 809 points for Scotland.

As well as his kicking ability, Paterson crossed over 22 times but his decision to call time on his international career means he misses out on surpassing Ian Smith and Tony Stanger's 24 tries.

He is one of ten players who will say their goodbyes to Edinburgh this weekend with scrum-half Mike Blair set for his final appearance before his move to another club.

Fly-half Phil Godman, hooker Andrew Kelly and flanker Alan MacDonald - along with front rowers Kyle Traynor, Ulises Gamboa and Jack Gilding and Argentinean lock Esteban Lozada are all set to leave Edinburgh at the end of the season and coach Michael Bradley admits it will be an emotional day at Murrayfield.

"Saturday will be a memorable match for a number of reasons," Bradley said. "We'll bring the curtain down on an incredible season, say farewell to these fine players and, at the final whistle, look to the future and begin preparations to capitalise on this landmark year.

"It'll be an emotional day for fans and players alike, as they show their mutual appreciation for the role they've played for the club over the years.

"We've enjoyed an historic season in the Heineken Cup this year with a number of memorable matches here at Murrayfield.

"However, our form in the RaboDirect PRO12 has been a constant frustration, so this Saturday will be about drawing a line under that element of our season and sending these guys off on a high."

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