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Exeter Chiefs sign England back-row Thomas Waldrom for 2014-15

Last Updated: 20/01/14 9:45am

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Thomas Waldrom: Swapped Tigers for Chiefs

Thomas Waldrom: Swapped Tigers for Chiefs

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Exeter Chiefs have signed England back-row forward Thomas Waldrom on a three-year deal from the Leicester Tigers.

The 30-year-old will link up with the Chiefs at the start of next season and coach Rob Baxter is hoping to add to his first confirmed signing for 2014-15 in the coming weeks.

Waldrom, nicknamed Thomas The Tank Engine, started his career in his native New Zealand with the Hurricanes and Crusaders before moving to Leicester in 2010.

He won the first of four England caps in 2012 and Baxter hopes he will prove to be an astute buy for the club.

Quality

"All the time we say we're looking to enhance and improve the squad and bringing in someone of his calibre and experience certainly does that," Baxter said.

"Thomas, we know, is not only a top quality international player, but he's vastly experienced and he joins us from what is a very good Leicester Tigers team.

"Where he plays on the field is a key position in any side, but add into that his versatility and his skill-set and it makes him a very good signing for us.

"We've had a good look at him and done some pretty detailed analysis on him.

"What we've seen is that he's not only a very good rugby player, but he's playing well and he is someone I know will add real top end quality to the squad.

"As we look to move forward as a club, I think it's vital that we have players like him coming into the squad. Although he has been around for what seems a very long time, he's still only 30 and we feel his best years are probably still to come."

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