Stuart Hogg signs a two-year deal with Exeter Chiefs

Full-back will make the switch after 2019 Rugby World Cup

Stuart Hogg
Stuart Hogg will join Exeter Chiefs next season on a two-year deal. ***Image: Fotosport/David Gibson***

EXETER CHIEFS have confirmed that Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg will join the club on a two-year contract after the 2019 Rugby World Cup. The 26-year-old has agreed a deal which is reported to be worth around £500,000 per season. The move will bring to an end his nine-year association with Glasgow Warriors.

Chiefs Director of Rugby Rob Baxter reckons Hogg and the club are a ‘perfect fit’.

“We’re delighted that Stuart has decided to join us,” he said. “We’ve tracked him for some time and we actually wanted to sign [him] 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.

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“Yes, it’s a statement on our part,” added Baxter. “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 picked up his 63rd cap against Fiji on Saturday and has made over 100 appearance for the Warriors since his breakthrough as a teenager in 2011. He has toured twice with Lions and was lined up to be the Test match full-back in New Zealand un 2017 before being ruled out with a freak facial injury.

“I’m very excited about the move, it’s a great opportunity for myself and my family,” he said. “Like a lot of people, I’ve seen how the Chiefs have risen over the last few years and I am a big fan of the way they play their rugby.

“Obviously, it’s a new challenge for me, but it’s also one that I am very much looking forward to. I’ve spoken to a few people about the club, the people and the area, and all I’ve heard is lots of positives.

“This is a decision that’s taken a great deal of thought as I’ve loved my nine seasons at Glasgow Warriors. I said I would decide my next step for family and rugby reasons and feel now is the right time to gain new rugby experiences and push myself in different situations where I will be challenged and hopefully improve further.

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“Sitting down with both Rob and Ali [Hepher – the club’s head coach], I like what they had to say, not just about the club, but how they wanted to play, and how they saw things moving forward.

“You can see the club are hugely ambitious and want to win things and I’m very much the same. As I said, I’m looking forward to being part of the Chiefs moving forward and teaming up with some very good players down there.”

In the meantime, Hogg insist that he is fully focussed on finishing his time with the Warriors on a high note.

“We are still less than halfway through my final season at the Warriors and, as current Conference A leaders in the Guinness Pro14 and second in our Heineken Champions Cup pool, there’s a chance to do something special. That’s the send-off I want to give the club and the fans,” he said.

“I’m proud of what I have achieved with Glasgow and Scotland so far and would like to thank the club and Scottish Rugby for all their support. They have supported me when I had made my decision to move on.”

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