Transfer News: Four Exeter Chiefs stars agree new deals
Club captain Jack Yeandle heads up a list of four Exeter Chiefs players who have today penned new deals with the Aviva Premiership champions.
The 28-year-old hooker, together with fellow front-row forwards Greg Holmes, Elvis Taione and Harry Williams, have become the latest squad members to commit their futures to the Chiefs.
Yeandle has signed a new three-year deal keeping him at Sandy Park until 2021, while international trio Holmes, Taione and Williams have all agreed on two-year deals.
The confirmation of the quartet signing on comes in the same week as club-mates Gareth Steenson, Ian Whitten and Mitch Lees also announced they too were extending their own Chiefs’ careers.
Naturally, Baxter is delighted all four players are hanging around for the foreseeable future. He said: “If anybody has seen how we have built over a number of years, where we have pushed, and what has helped us be more successful in the Premiership has been having a great foundation around that forward platform and what they can deliver.
“Rob Hunter has done a fantastic job over the last number of years, our forward play has improved year upon year, not just around scrum and set-piece which I know a lot of people talk about, but also the attributes these guys show around the field.
“It’s all very well having big guys who can scrummage and maul, but actually they have all shown they have great ability all around the field when they are playing multi-phase and they are all great defenders as well.
“What we like to think is that they have all worked really hard on the little details of their game that in turn help make our overall game stick together.
“Primarily they have a huge role to play in our set-piece, but they have a huge role in our attack and defence systems.
“They all perform them very well and we’re delighted they are all hanging around the place for the next few years at least.”