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Jack Nowell statement: “I have to look after my family first’”

Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell has revealed he’d love to stay at Sandy Park, but added he must always put his ‘family first’.

Speaking exclusively to The Telegraph, he said: “I won’t go to another Premiership side,”

“I want to stay at Exeter, but I’m out of contract, there’s stuff going on with the salary cap and I’ve got a growing family. And I’ll be 30 after the World Cup. I’m in talks with the club at the moment; ideally I’d stay but I’m not too sure what’s going on. The first thing for me is my family.

“My only option if I’m in England is to stay. France, Japan… I went out to Japan for the World Cup – it was an amazing country. I’d like to give Japan a go over France but, obviously, anything could happen.

“There will potentially be a time when I go somewhere else but my roots are here and I’d always end up back here. At the same time, I am quite ‘out there’ as a person and I like my family to be like that so, if I’m given the chance to experience something else with them, then I have to take it.

“The flipside is, if I can get stuff sorted here and I’m still in a position where I can look after the family. I love the club dearly and my main option would be to stay, if I can get something sorted.”

5 Jack Nowell facts:

  1. He was the first ever Exeter player to play for the British & Irish Lions after he was selected for the 2017 tour of New Zealand
  2. Nowell is a big fan of Lego, passing the time by building models while injured and during lockdown
  3. Before joining the Exeter Chiefs senior set-up in 2012, he played for Redruth and Plymouth Albion while he has also had a loan spell at Cornish Pirates
  4. The winger is the co-owner of The Swordfish Inn back in his hometown of Penzance in Cornwall.
  5. He is also a director of MUSTARD Clothing.

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