Facundo Cordero is ready to make his way in Sandy Park, just like his older brother Santiago did in 2018, after he reached an agreement today to join Premiership leader Exeter Chiefs.
On Thursday Chiefs Rugby Director Rob Baxter mocked the rugby fraternity when he said after Jack Walsh’s arrival: “Jack is not the only newcomer to join the team. Oddly, we have another name. that we will be announcing in a week or two whose name will make everyone snort. “
With abundant speculation overnight, Baxter confirmed today that the 21-year-old will arrive in Devon shortly.
“We have signed a young man by the name of Cordero – Facundo Cordero,” Baxter said. “He is Santi’s younger brother. I thought the name Cordero would excite some people, as Santi was a fan favorite. He was popular with the team and played exceptionally well for us during his time here.
Santiago Cordero proved to be a great success during his time with Chiefs: “We hope that his brother can now follow in his footsteps. Looking at him, he is a little behind Santi in terms of his development, but I hope that what we would like to see in the future is that we have as much difficulty trying to keep Facundo as we did with Santi because that is the quality. how he plays. “
Cordero, who also serves as a wing or fullback, will move to the Chiefs from the Argentine club, Ceibos.
Baxter added: “In terms of what I know about Facundo, he is 21 years old, younger than Santi when he came, but someone with some similar attributes. I’m not going to sit here and say that it’s someone we’ve been tracking for six months, a year, because we haven’t.
“Things have happened relatively quickly. His agent let us know that he was available and from a lot of pushing and shoving from Santi, saying that if he was going to develop and move abroad, then we would be a good team. Ali Hepher and I have seen some of his games well and we like what we see.
“We haven’t spent a lot of time talking to him, but we are seeing enough quality there to see that he is a very good move for us.” “There are parts of his game that he will need to develop to reach the top of his game, but at his age, those years of development are ahead of him and we look forward to being a part of that process.” “