The Plus500 Brumbies can confirm that wing Henry Speight will leave the club at the conclusion of the 2019 Super Rugby season to move to the Queensland Reds.
Speight has been a hugely influential member of the club 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.”
Speight, who also had stints playing for Waikato in New Zealand and Ulster Rugby in Ireland, is well-known and well-loved for his tireless interactions with fans after matches.
“Henry is a legend of the Brumbies now and he always will be,” Head Coach Dan McKellar commented.
“He is a loved character in our team and loved in the community and is incredibly popular throughout the region. Henry has done so much work for charity off-field and has obviously been an enormous contributor on-field.
“Once a Brumby always a Brumby and that is certainly the case with Henry Speight. When he returns to us, at some point of time in his career in an opposition jersey, I would imagine he would get a warm reception, and he deserves that.
“Whilst it’s sad, we certainly understand why he has made the decision that he has, and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Plus500 Brumbies CEO Phil Thomson, praised Speight’s contribution to the club.
“Henry has been a magnificent servant to the Brumbies during his time at the club,” Thomson said.
“He has been a firm fans favourite and we thank him for his contribution to the Brumbies both on and off the field and wish him all the best for his future career.”