Head coach Rob Baxter today bolstered his options for next season and beyond by bringing in two new faces to the playing ranks at Exeter Chiefs.
Experienced Australian international scrum-half Nic White will head to Devon from French Top 14 side Montpellier, while back-row forward James Freeman will also be checking into Sandy Park having joined from Championship outfit Jersey Reds.
Both men have agreed on two-year deals with the Chiefs and take Baxter’s new faces list to that of five having already brought in England international Matt Kvesic from Gloucester, plus Toby Salmon from Rotherham and Tom O’Flaherty from the Ospreys.
Commenting on the new arrivals, Baxter said: “We look at recruitment and retention all ways round and approach it in a lot of different ways. Obviously, part of what we do is about developing our own, homegrown young talent, but we’re also an ambitious club and we’re always looking to add quality players to the squad when we can.
“I just think when a player of Nic’s quality becomes available – and he shows an interest in coming to the club – you have to act quickly. If you look at how he has played, not just at Super Rugby and International level, but also more recently over I France with Montpellier, to me he’s exactly the kind of signing you want to bring to the club.
“I’ve no doubt he will add great competition to the scrum-halves we have already at the club, but he will also be great for the young players to learn from as well. He add a real sense of direction and game understanding to us, which I know is going to be important moving forward.”