Exeter Chiefs back Byron McGuigan targets Scotland call-up

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Byron McGuigan
McGuigan twice played against Exeter for Glasgow last season

New Exeter Chiefs signing Byron McGuigan says he is targeting a call-up to the Scotland team.

The 25-year-old back, left Glasgow at the end of last season and moved to Sandy Park at the weekend.

"If I'm playing well enough hopefully I can get recognised by the Scottish coaches," he told BBC Sport.

"They've got some talented boys there, but I definitely feel that I could bring something to that team."

McGuigan had hoped to break into the Scotland squad at the start of the year

"I was a little bit unlucky last year after the A game as I played really well and then injured myself in the gym, which kept me out for the whole of the Six Nations period," he explained. "So I'm just going to work hard here and see what the coaches have to say.

"The Premiership's well known and Exeter are playing really well so it should be able to put me on the radar."

McGuigan joined the Chiefs having played for Bay of Plenty in the ITM Cup in New Zealand.

Despite being in Devon for less than a week, McGuigan says he would be happy to stay for longer than his current deal, which runs out in the summer.

"From what I've seen so far it's an awesome club, they really look after you," he said.

"I'm just going to work hard and hopefully if they offer me another contract in the summer for another couple of years I'd definitely like to stay on."

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