Triple boost for Exeter

Budgen, Whitehead and Moon sign new deals

Last Updated: 03/02/11 11:37am

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Budgen: New deal

Budgen: New deal

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Front-row trio Chris Budgen, Chris Whitehead and Ben Moon have become the latest players to commit their futures to Exeter Chiefs.

Experienced prop Chris Budgen has signed a 12-month extension to his current deal, while Whitehead and Moon have agreed new two-year contracts.

The news means that 13 of the Chiefs current squad have now penned deal to remain at Sandy Lane, much to the delight of head coach Rob Baxter.

"I'm really pleased," said Baxter. "In these three players we've got a microcosm of the whole squad.

"They are three guys who are at contrasting times in their careers; they come from different backgrounds; they're at different ages and all have varying experience. That said, they have all come together to be part of what is a very good team environment.

Impressed

"If you look at them, Chris at 38 has been there and seen it all when it comes to rugby. He's also seen active service in Afghanistan, yet he seems to have a new lease of life with every season we give him.

"Ben is really starting to show some form, he's a young guy who came through our academy, has been here a while and is starting to thrive in Europe and in the Premiership.

"In the last month to six weeks he's made massive strides with the extra game time we've given him and you can see he is thriving off it.

"Finally, Chris has come in and impressed everyone with his enthusiasm and work ethic. He runs around the club like a buzz bomb and he flies around in training, but those guys are infectious and keep everyone on their toes."

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