Trio continue with Chiefs
Slade, Rennie and Poluleuligaga the latest players to commit
By Jessica Bridge. Last Updated: April 20, 2011 11:10am
Poluleuligaga: Signed a two-year contract
Three first team players have put pen-to-paper on new deals to keep them at Exeter Chiefs.
"They're all really important members of the squad, they've contributed throughout the season and it just adds to the strength and depth across the board"
Ali Hepher Quotes of the week
Forward Chad Slade and centre Bryan Rennie have both signed 12-month contracts at Sandy Park, with scrum-half Junior Poluleuligaga extending his stay in Exeter for another two years.
Exeter have had an excellent first season in the Aviva Premiership and the trio are the latest players to have pledged their future to the club - along with 20 other squad members - which has delighted assistant coach Ali Hepher.
"It's great news for the club that the three of them have decided to commit to us for at least another season," Hepher told the club's official site.
"They're all really important members of the squad, they've contributed throughout the season and it just adds to the strength and depth across the board.
"We're really excited about working with them again. They're all good guys, we've obviously worked with them this season, and hopefully they'll push on next year and push their careers on further."
Slade is currently the longest-serving member of the squad having joined in 2006 and the assistant coach is grateful for his continued service to the club.
"Chad's a reliable guy who works really hard, has a good work ethic and is a good character around the squad," said Hepher.
"All-in-all he's a good quality professional, he's pushing on and he obviously plays in a lot of positions which is handy for balance as well. He's had some starts recently and has done well in the first team as well."
Scotland A international Rennie has played a vital role in the Chiefs promotion and Hepher says it will be hard picking the backs next season.
"Bryan has got massive qualities. He's got a lot of pace for a guy that size and he's obviously a strong ball carrier and a big hitter in defence," he said.
"He's the perfect guy to give us balance across the squad of backs. We've got guys who can play in a lot of positions and guys pushing in all positions.
"It will be a challenge to select the team next season, which is the problem you want."
Scrum-half Poluleuligaga has a handful of appearances to his name after joining the squad late - and Hepher is happy with the Samoan has fitted in.
"Its always difficult coming in late into pre-season like Junior did. Haydn's been playing well but Junior has been pushing hard all season," added Hepher.
"We're lucky that we've got two really good quality scrum-halves and with Kevin Barrett to come in as well, we're going to have some real quality in that area."