"Different opportunity" - Exeter Chiefs centre departs with immediate effect - Ruck

“Different opportunity” – Exeter Chiefs centre departs with immediate effect

Centre Tom Hendrickson is set to depart Exeter Chiefs with immediate effect for a playing opportunity in Japan.

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The fan-favourite, who has been a part of the Chiefs fold for more than a decade, will soon be pulling on new club colours.

Known for his abrasive and hard-running style, the powerful centre has charted 89 appearances and nine tries during his time calling Sandy Park home.

Hendrickson is honoured to have spent the great chunk of his rugby career as a Chief, thanking all those important to his time as an Exeter man as he looks to the future.

“After 10 years at the club, it’s bittersweet to be saying goodbye. I’ve loved my time in a Chiefs shirt having grown up in Cornwall, looking up to all the great players that have pulled on the Exeter colours.”

“Being a part of the Chiefs journey and some phenomenal moments has been incredibly special to me – I made memories that will last a lifetime. Throughout everything, I was supported by trusted coaches and back-room staff.”

“To the boys that I’ve played alongside, thank you for everything. The squads I have been a part of have created a very special dynamic in the changing room which made my time at the club all the more enjoyable.”

“To the Chiefs family, our fantastic supporters, thank you for every game you have attended – home and away. Your support of the team is invaluable, and I’ll truly miss playing in front of a Sandy Park crowd.”

“I’m really excited for a new challenge. Heading to Japan will be something completely new for me, but it’s an experience I’m ready to dive headfirst into.”

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