Stuart Hogg relishing Exeter move as he admits Chiefs match his ambitions

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Stuart Hogg believes he will be joining a club whose ambitions match his own when he makes the move to Exeter next summer.

The Chiefs have confirmed the signing of the Scotland full-back on a two-year deal from next season.

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has signed a two-year deal with Exeter. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

Scotland full-back Stuart Hogg has signed a two-year deal with Exeter. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

His capture is another show of intent from Rob Baxter’s Gallagher Premiership-topping Sandy Park outfit.

Hogg is leaving Glasgow Warriors after a nine-season stint in which he has established himself as one of the most exciting broken-field runners in world rugby.

Capped 63 times by Scotland, he has also twice toured with the British and Irish Lions, helped the Warriors to the Pro12 title in 2015 before being named the Six Nations’ player of the tournament in both 2016 and 2017.

Now the 26-year-old says he is looking to add to that list of achievements in Devon.

He said: “I’m very excited about the move, it’s a great opportunity for myself and my family. 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.

“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.”

The challenge, however, of tackling the Premiership is one that clearly appeals to Hogg and having sat down and spoken with Chiefs’ director of rugby Rob Baxter and head coach Ali Hepher, he is clearly relishing the challenge.

“I liked 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.”

Baxter admitted he had been tailing Hogg since 2016 but is delighted to have finally got his man.

“We’ve tracked him for some time and we actually wanted to sign him before he signed his last contract at Glasgow,” he said.

“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.

“Yes, it’s a statement on our part. But anyone who knows us 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.”