Exeter Chiefs have made a big statement of intent with the box-office signing of full-back Stuart Hogg for next season.
The Scotland international has penned a two-year deal to move to Sandy Park from Glasgow Warriors and was described by Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter as the ‘perfect fit’ for his system.
“We’re delighted that Stuart has decided to join us,” Baxter told the club’s official website.
“We’ve tracked him for some time and we actually wanted to sign before he signed his last contract at Glasgow. At that stage it wasn’t the right time for him to move, but now it is and we feel he will be a fantastic addition to our squad.
“Not only is he an exceptional rugby player, but we feel he brings a whole host of other attributes that we think can help really add to us as a team.”
Hogg brings considerable pedigree to a backline that has been anchored by fans’ favourite Phil Dollman over the past ten seasons. As well as winning 63 caps for Scotland, Hogg toured with the British & Irish Lions to Australia in 2013 and New Zealand in 2017.
Baxter added: “Yes, it’s a statement on our part. But, anyone who knows us and where we want to go, will understand that for us to move forward and win trophies – which is undoubtedly what we want to do – we have to back ourselves fully and that means bringing in players who we feel will take us to that next level.
“I’ve no doubt Stuart will be a quality addition to our squad. Not only is he vastly experienced, having played on some of the biggest stages in world rugby, but speaking to him he’s also very ambitious about developing his own game and experiencing new challenges.
“His qualities, particularly in the back-field, his stability and the threat he can pose in terms of counter-attacking, in a lot of ways it’s perfect fit for both ourselves and for Stuart.”
Hogg, 26, has made over 109 appearances for Glasgow Warriors to date and in that time has established himself as one of world rugby’s most earth-shattering ball-carriers on the counter.
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