HAWICK star Stuart Hogg has signed for Ayr.
The talented teenager (pictured) has opted to make the move to Millbrae.
Hogg played a starring role for the Greens last season, earning his first start for Glasgow Warriors and cementing his place in the Scotland U20 set-up, featuring prominently at the recent IRD World Championships.
With the World Cup approaching 19-year-old Hogg, whose versatility saw him play at centre and full-back, will be hoping to feature more heavily for Glasgow.
And he leaves Mansfield Park with the best wishes of Hawick coach Derek Armstrong, who told the Hawick News this week: “It’s disappointing because Hawick brought him up to the standard that he’s at and now he’s leaving, but he wants to play at the highest level, and at club level that’s the British and Irish Cup.
“Obviously we’re sorry to lose a player of that calibre. We would have loved to have had him here. You only have to look at how he played last season to see how good he is.
“But with the World Cup coming up, hopefully he’ll get in the Glasgow team and not even play for Ayr.”
The loss of Hogg is a further blow for Hawick as they prepare for the coming campaign, with David Lowrie and Alistair Marsh both having previously departed for Premier Division Two outfit Kelso.
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