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The Brumbies have confirmed that wing Henry Speight will leave the club at the conclusion of the 2019 Super Rugby season to move to the Queensland Reds.
Speight, who spent a number of months at Ulster on loan last season, has been a hugely influential member of the Brumbies since making his debut in 2011 against the Chiefs in Canberra, crossing for his first try in Brumbies colours a week later, against the Rebels in Melbourne.
Since then Speight, who has also claimed nineteen caps for Australia and scored four tries, has moved onto 45 tries for the club in 119 appearances in becoming one of the finest wings of his generation and becoming a fans-favourite in the process.
“I will be forever grateful for the Brumbies for giving me the chance to play Super Rugby at a club with an unbelievable culture and strong history,” Speight said of the move to Brisbane.
“The Canberra Community as well has been fantastic to me and has given me so many memories inside and outside of rugby.
“The Gungahlin Eagles, Lifeline Canberra and the Fijian community here in Canberra are just a few examples of what has made my career with the Brumbies so special.
“Whilst I have many memories of amazing away victories, there is nothing better than playing for the Brumbies in a win at GIO Stadium. The Brumbies fans will always hold a special place in my heart.
“I will never forget the kids in who shouted to me when I was on the wing when the ball was on the other side of the field and for those who waited in the middle of winter for an autograph and a chat.
“Whilst I might have a different coloured jersey next year, I can’t wait to see those smiles again in the future.
“I am passionate about the game in this country, see a bright future for Australian Rugby and still have ambitions to contribute at the national level.
“This was the toughest decision I have ever made but discussions with my partner Louise and as an expecting parent for the first time, we thought that a longer-term arrangement and the chance to be around family was the right choice for us all.
“Regardless of what that future may hold, I am happy and extremely proud to be a Brumby for life.”