Bodilly, Townsend, Holmes & Simmonds new deals

Chiefs logoExeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter is delighted four highly-rated youngsters have penned new deals.

Talented Cornish back Max Bodilly - on the bench for today's top of the table Saracens clash - is rewarded for some sparkling form with a new two-year contract extension while Torbay scrum half Stu Townsend and Cornish lock Ed Holmes have agreed new two-year deals from the start of next season.

Completing the list is talented young Teignmouth fly-half Joe Simmonds, younger brother of Chiefs Sam Simmonds, who has signed a three-year professional contract.

Baxter said: “We talk a lot about our senior recruitment here at the club, especially in terms of our top end signings and making sure we have a large number of the current squad signed up to long-term deals,” said Baxter. “But equally making sure we tie down the talent we have within the academy ranks is just as important.

“Over the years we have brought through a wealth of talent who have made it from academy level right through to full international status. Therefore it’s always nice when we’re able to tie down the futures of more of our younger guys.

“Obviously we are delighted to secure deals with all of them but still feel there is a lot still to unearth in terms of their overall development.”

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