The Queensland Rugby Union (QRU) has agreed to terms for the release of Hamish Stewart to the Western Force ahead of next year’s Super Rugby Pacific season.
Red General Manager of Professional Rugby Sam Cordingley said: “The Western Force made the request through the appropriate channels. They had a need with some injuries and departing inside backs.
“We have good depth at centre and some salary cap pressure with a large contingent of national players, so this is a good result for all parties.
“We’d like to thank Hamish for his commitment to Queensland Rugby over the past six years and we wish him all the very best with his move west.”
“I’ve had a really good time at the Reds,” said Stewart.
“They gave me my first crack at Super Rugby, and I’ll always be extremely grateful for the club.
“I’m sad to go, but I know they’re in good hands with the staff and playing group there at the moment.”
A Darling Downs product, Stewart debuted for Queensland in 2017 and went on to play 72 games for the Reds.
The 24-year-old rose through the ranks alongside many of his Reds’ teammates, starring for the Junior Wallabies and in the Brad Thorn coached championship-winning Queensland U20s and Queensland Country sides in 2017.