FACUNDO CORDERO has joined Glasgow Warriors from Exeter Chiefs for the rest of the season, and has already begun training with the squad at Scotstoun. The 24-year-old from Argentina, the younger brother of Pumas international Santiago Cordero, can play either on the wing or at full-back.
The Warriors had been down a back-three player after their decision to end Rufus McLean’s contract in the light of his plea of guilty to domestic-abuse charges. But the recruitment of Cordero should be all the more useful given Josh McKay’s revelation that he will be out for the rest of the season as a result of the injury he sustained in Glasgow’s URC win over Zebre on Friday night.
“Unfortunately I suffered an injury to my foot that requires surgery and is going to put me out for the rest of the season,” McKay posted on Instagram at the weekend. “Absolutely gutted that I won’t get back out on the paddock with my Glasgow Warriors brothers this season but I’ll be back.”
McKay was playing on the wing in the 50-8 victory over the Italian team, but has also played at full-back. Glasgow’s next game is on Saturday 25 March away to Munster.
Cordero will join a number of his compatriots at Scotstoun, and, speaking on the Warriors website, said that had been a factor in his settling in so quickly. “I’m very happy to be joining the boys here for the rest of the season,” he told glasgowwarriors.org. “I’ve really enjoyed getting to know everyone so far, and I’m keen to get some game time for this club.
“Having four fellow Argentinians here already really helped me out – the guys came and picked me up from the airport, and they’ve already acted like my family since I arrived! I’ve already had some good chats with Franco and the coaches to understand what they want from me – I can’t wait to get started.”
Head coach Franco Smith added: “We’re pleased to be able to add a player of Facundo’s quality to the squad as we approach the business end of the season. To be a great team you first need to be a great squad, and Facundo gives us even greater strength in depth in our back three.”