England’s Slade seals Exeter stay with new deal

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Exeter Chiefs have confirmed that Henry Slade will remain at the club and has signed a new contract.

England international Slade has made 230 appearances for Exeter since making his debut in 2012. He had been linked with a move to France but has now committed his future to the club.

“I call Exeter my home,” Slade said in a statement. “I’ve started a young family here — my eldest daughter starts school in September — so it just felt right to stay. The club has been my whole adult life, so I just didn’t feel like it was time to go.

“There’s an extremely strong group coming through now, and I’m relishing being one of the senior boys in amongst a group with so much potential to do some great things.

“We’ve started to speak in recent weeks of putting that ‘potential’ label behind us though and start backing it up. We feel throughout the season we’ve had a lot of games to be learning and improving in and while we are ahead of schedule of where we thought we’d be, we’ve got the boys to be able to do some great things.”

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