Exeter bring in McGuigan

Date published: November 2 2014

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Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter says he is excited at what newcomer Byron McGuigan can bring to the party.

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter says he is excited at what newcomer Byron McGuigan can bring to the party, after the 25-year-old completed his move to the Aviva Premiership club on Saturday.

The Namibian-born ace, who has penned a contract until the end of the season with the Chiefs, jetted into Sandy Park ahead of Exeter’s LV= Cup win over Gloucester on Saturday and will offer an additional option to the Devon club with the Premiership campaign set to return in less than a fortnight.

Having previously featured for Border Bulldogs and Glasgow Warriors, the versatile back has more recently been featuring for the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand’s ITM Cup and arrives at Sandy Park ready to have a crack at top level rugby in England.

“We’ve felt we’ve been one back light and it hasn’t seemed to take many injuries in our backline for us to get a little bit bare, with the fact you’re dealing with three competitions one on top of the other you can suddenly look a bit stretched,” said Baxter.

“We know he’s a good player, we played against him twice when he played for Glasgow last year when he played 13. He’s been playing in the ITM Cup at 15, he can play on the wing, so there’s a lot of versatility there which gives us a lot of cover in the squad but we want more from him – we want him to come here and fully contest for a starting berth.

“He should get up to speed pretty quickly because he’s match ready, so as soon as we can get some training into him we’ll see how things go. It’s the same for any player, they come in and they have got to fight for their spot. If he shows the right qualities he’ll get game time.”

McGuigan says he is “excited” by the challenges that lie ahead after he today confirmed his move to Sandy Park.

“I’m really excited,” he said. “I played against the Chiefs a couple of times last season with Glasgow and I know they are a great team, who play some really good rugby. When I got the message to say about coming here, I was just so excited.”

“It was only a few days ago that I was chilling in Cape Town, flicking through my phone, and then the message came up about a possible move,” he explained. “I spoke to my agent, we had a chat about things and the next day I was on a flight over here, so I’m buzzing right now.”

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