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Aviva Premiership: Ryan Caldwell leaves Bath for Exeter Chiefs

Last Updated: 28/05/14 10:41am

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Ryan Caldwell: Boosts second row options at Sandy Park

Ryan Caldwell: Boosts second row options at Sandy Park

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Exeter Chiefs have announced the signing of Bath's Ireland international lock Ryan Caldwell.

The 29-year-old has put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal with the Chiefs to become the latest addition to Rob Baxter's options for 2014-15.

Baxter made no secret about his desire to sign a second-row, having lost Tom Hayes and James Hanks to retirement last season, while Romana Graham is leaving for French side La Rochelle.

"Obviously it's a new challenge for me in my career, but I like the brand of rugby that the Chiefs play and hopefully I can go down there and play a big part for them next season."
Ryan Caldwell

Caldwell has been with Bath for the last three seasons and he is relishing his chance to shine on the Aviva Premiership stage again with the Chiefs.

"It's a great move for me and one that I am very much looking forward to," said Caldwell.

Fresh challenge

"Obviously it's a new challenge for me in my career, but I like the brand of rugby that the Chiefs play and hopefully I can go down there and play a big part for them next season.

"They've shown over the last few years that they are a side that are on the up and that they can compete with the very best clubs.

"Having played against them a few times, I know they're a hard-working and tough side to come up against.

"They've always seemed to have a big, strong pack of forwards and behind they've got guys in the backs who can work the magic. As I said, I'm just looking forward to getting down there, settling in and see what I can bring to the table."

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