Thomas Waldrom has today confirmed he is to leave the Exeter Chiefs at the end of the current 2017/18 season.
The free-scoring No.8, who has scored 50 tries in 92 appearances for the club to date, says the time has now come for him to return home to his native New Zealand with his family.
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— Exeter Chiefs (@ExeterChiefs) February 4, 2018
The Chiefs will always be a big part of my life and I’ll definitely come back and visit in the future,” said the 34-year-old forward. “It’s a great place to come and play rugby and I would recommend coming here to anyone who asked.
“From the first meeting I had with Rob, talking to him and seeing where the club wanted to go, I knew I made the right decision. Coming down and seeing first hand everything that was here and what the club did, I knew straight away it was the right fit for me and my family.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think the move would go as well as it has, but that’s down to the environment here. The coaches, my team-mates,the fans, it’s been brilliant and I’ve loved every minute of it.
“I also wanted to show people why Rob wanted to sign me when I was 30 on a three-year deal. He showed a lot of faith in me at that time and, hopefully, I’ve helped pay him back a bit over the last few years.”