Chiefs bring in Exiles winger

Date published: July 23 2015

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Exeter have boosted their back three stocks with the signing of London Irish and former Saracens winger James Short.

The 25-year-old winger is the latest recruit to arrive at Sandy Park following a busy offseason for Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter.

Signed on a one-year deal, Short – who has enjoyed a spell at Wasps on loan – is seen as a key addition to Exeter back division following the departures of Fetu’u Vainikolo and Tom James at the end of last season.

With over 70 top flight appearances, the talented back has already won the Premiership title with Saracens back in 2011, scoring the only try in the Twickenham final as the Londoners triumphed 22-18.

And his arrival in Devon is a timely boost for the Chiefs, who have already been hard at work building up to the new 2015-16 season.

Commenting on his move, Short said: "I’m excited about the move, it’s a new challenge for me, but one that I am very much looking forward to. Exeter are a great club, they have a great set-up and you only have to look at recent seasons to see they are a club who are on the rise.

"Even in that first year in the Premiership, you could see they were a force to be reckoned with. Each year they’ve got better and better and they were unlucky not to get into the play-offs last season."

Having tackled his new club on numerous occasions in the past, Short says he is not only looking forward to being part of Exeter’s attacking options this term, but wants to be part of the hard-working Chiefs.

"They play a great style of rugby and having spoken to Rob [Baxter] he puts a great emphasis on the team working hard for one another," he added. 

"Every time you play against them, you know you’re always going to get a tough, physical game."

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