Gloucester forward Matt Kvesic will join Premiership rivals Exeter Chiefs in the summer.
The 24-year-old flanker has agreed on a three-year deal at Sandy Park
He is the first new player the Chiefs have signed this year
Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has spoken of his delight after landing England international Matt Kvesic as his first new signing for next season.
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Baxter has signed the 24-year-old from Premiership rivals Gloucester Rugby on a three-year deal.
In welcoming Kvesic to Sandy Park, Baxter – who had tried to sign the former Worcester Warriors player before his move to Gloucester – said: “We were probably a little disappointed not to sign him when he moved from Worcester initially.
“We would have liked to have signed him then, but for various reasons – people will be aware of our standing and Matt’s situation as well – that was the choice he made at the time,” Baxter told the Exeter Chiefs website.
“I’m not the kind of person, though, who if the player doesn’t come to you the first time you give up on them and that’s their only opportunity. We’ve been following Matt for quite a while and I’ve liked a lot of the qualities I’ve seen of him.”
Kvesic worked with Chiefs coach Rob Baxter in 2013 on England’s tour of Argentina, where he won the first of his three caps.
He also worked with coach Ali Hepher in South Africa last summer and with Rob Hunter at Under-20s level, and has played with several of Exeter’s England contingent, as part of both the Elite and Saxons squads.