Maintaining squad cohesion for the upcoming 2024/25 season presents a challenging balancing act for Exeter’s director of rugby, Rob Baxter.
Over the last few years, Baxter had to make tough decisions, allowing players such as Jack Cowell, Sam Simmonds, Jonny Hill, and Joe Simmonds to depart.
This was a result of the club’s inability to match wage offers elsewhere due to a reduced budget.
Looking ahead, the possible exit of at least one longstanding club stalwart, and potentially up to three, signals the potential conclusion of an era at Sandy Park.
#1. Jonny Gray
Gray is poised to depart from Exeter Chiefs, seeking a fresh challenge in France. Reports suggest that he has reached an agreement to join the Top 14 side Bordeaux-Bègles Union.
This notable move aligns with UBB’s strategy to strengthen their squad, especially in anticipation of potential departures of former Wallaby Kane Douglas and Jandre Marais.
With 77 caps, Gray holds a prominent position in the Scottish squad and has played a pivotal role for Exeter Chiefs since his arrival from Glasgow Warriors in 2020.