Rob Baxter has spoken of his delight to the Exeter Chiefs official website after today finally confirming the signing of Wales and British Lions winger Alex Cuthbert from Cardiff Blues.
The 27-year-old back has agreed a three-year deal with the reigning Aviva Premiership champions and will team up with his new club ahead of the 2018/19 season.
📢 – BREAKING NEWS: @ExeterChiefs are delighted to announce the signing of @WelshRugbyUnion & @lionsofficial winger Alex Cuthbert on a three-year deal from @cardiff_blues ⬇️https://t.co/SZw3yUHC9Z pic.twitter.com/MX4EhpfoIx
— Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) March 27, 2018
Cuthbert – who has won 47 caps for Wales, as well as one for the Lions – is Baxter’s first confirmed new arrival at Sandy Park ahead of next season.
Commenting on the deal, the Chiefs’ Director of Rugby said: “We have actually been looking at Alex for a few years. Initially we looked at him when he was first breaking into top flight rugby, and he’s someone who we have been tracking for some time.At this stage, he is a player who is looking for a new challenge and that’s the important thing to us.
“You look at his attributes, he’s a big guy, 6ft 6in, well over 100 kilos, he’s quick and he’s big, and if you watch a number of his games, you can see some attributes in there that make him a very good and very dangerous player, and we actually think a lot of his top attributes will really work at Exeter Chiefs.
“Sitting down and talking with him, I like what he has to say about the new challenges he wants and the things he still wants to achieve in rugby. The fact we have seen attributes in his game we know will work well for us, made it a simple decision in the end for us to go out and sign Alex.”