Exeter Chiefs supporters have been given a boost after the disappointment of failing to progress to the Champions Cup knockout stages with the news that three key players have signed new deals with the club.
England internationals Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie have all signed two-year deals which will keep them at Sandy Park until the end of the 2020/21 season.
All three players came through the club’s Academy and have each amassed over 100 appearances for the Devon-based club.
“I know people have been waiting to hear the news on these three guys for quite a while,” Rob Baxter told the club’s website. “However, the truth is the talk on their extensions started pretty early and that they have gone quite simply.
“I know sometimes it must seem a little difficult when there is a lot of paper talk about players leaving or interest being shown in them, but all three guys said right from the beginning that their intentions were to stay at Exeter and that they wanted to stay with us long term.
“All it really came down to is just finding that right balance in that they feel appreciated here, and we feel that they are right value for us. To be fair, that was relatively simple, so we are delighted to keep them and we are hoping they can be a core element of what the team can go on to achieve over the next five or six years.”
The Chiefs currently lead the Premiership by four points over second-placed Saracens. With Stuart Hogg set to join the club in the summer, Baxter’s side look like they will continue to compete at the top for some years to come.