Exeter Chiefs have secured the signing of two time British and Irish Lions tourist and Scotland international Stuart Hogg ahead of the 2019/20 season. The Melrose-born fullback will make his move to Sandy Park from Glasgow Warriors after achieving over 100 appearances for the club side, having made his breakthrough as a teenager in 2011.
Hogg, 26, earned his 63rd Scotland cap at Murrayfield last weekend when Gregor Townsend's men claimed a 54-17 victory over the Pacific Island nation.
Exeter are reported to have signed Hogg on a £500,000 deal, with the contract keeping him at the Chiefs for at least two years. Widely renowned as one of the best fullbacks in world rugby, Hogg will reunite with Lions' teammates Alex Cuthbert (2013) and Jack Nowell (2017), whilst adding further quality to a back three boasting Argentinian start Santiago Cordero.
“I’m very excited about the move, it’s a great opportunity for myself and my family,” said Hogg. “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.”
He added: “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.”
Commenting on the challenge of the Gallagher Premiership, Hogg reflected on the conversation he had with Chiefs' director of rugby Rob Baxter and head coach Ali Hepher.
“Sitting down with both Rob and Ali, 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,” continued Hogg, who has previously been on two Lions tours, won the then Pro12 title in 2015 and been named Six Nations player of the tournament twice in succession.
“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.”