Glasgow Warriors have completed the signing of Exeter Chiefs tighthead Patrick Schickerling with the Namibian agreeing terms on a move to join in the summer.

The 25-year-old is eligible for England due to residence and played in an uncapped match under Eddie Jones against the Barbarians. He was also included in a tour of Australia in the summer of 2022 but didn’t feature and it then emerged that he wasn’t eligible for England at that point. He has since qualified in November 2023 and could play for them in the future.

But he’s decided to make the move to Scotstoun with Franco Smith adding to his front row options and he’ll compete with a place against Zander Fagerson, Lucio Sordoni and Murphy Walker when he joins in the summer.

Glasgow have announced that he has signed a ‘multi-year deal’ and he scored seven tries in 35 appearances for Exeter before deciding to make the move north of the border.

He’s also had loan spells at Cornish Pirates, Chinnor and Guernsey since moving to the UK and he’s now looking forward to getting started at Scotstoun.

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He told the Glasgow Warriors website: “I believe that my best years are still ahead of me, and I think that Glasgow’s style of play will suit me down to the ground – I enjoy my set-piece work, but I love to get my hands on the ball and I’d say I’m not your typical tight-head, so I’m keen to get involved as much as I can.

“I think Glasgow is one of the best places to be playing right now, which is why I’ve committed to a long-term deal. Talking to Franco and the coaching team, the fact that this club is so closely linked to the community is a massive selling point for me, and I’m excited to join a club that’s intent on challenging for domestic and European honours.

“I’ve been watching Glasgow a lot in the URC and in Europe this year, and the club is on a really exciting journey. It was an easy decision to make when the offer came in – now I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and getting stuck in this summer.”

And Glasgow head coach Franco Smith added: “We’re pleased to welcome Patrick to the club as we continue to make preparations for the 2024/25 season.

“He is a strong ball-carrier and someone who will bring a unique set of characteristics to our playing group.

“He is someone who we believe has a great deal of potential, and is a player with whom we are excited to work and help to develop into the best version of himself.”