Dollman extends Exeter stay

Date published: November 20 2014

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Exeter have announced that full-back Phil Dollman has signed a new two-year contract with the Premiership outfit.

Exeter have announced that full-back Phil Dollman has signed a new two-year contract with the Premiership outfit.

Signed in 2009 from the Dragons, the talented Welshman has played an integral part in the recent rise of the Chiefs.

In his first season at Sandy Park, Dollman helped the Devon-based club to get promoted into the Premiership and has since gone on to be a key figure in Rob Baxter’s squad as the Chiefs took on the elite of both the English and European game.

With his current deal due to expire at the end of the season, Baxter has wasted little time in ensuring the versatile 29-year-old will be prolonging his stay with the Chiefs.

“It’s been a really enjoyable part of my life and a key part of my career, the Chiefs have got the best out of me and I feel like I’ve put everything into the club,” said Dollman.

“I was happy to extend my stay here, I always felt comfortable with that decision, there were never really any other options for me – Exeter was always the place I wanted to stay.”

Dollman’s decision to remain in Exeter will certainly provide Baxter will the ideal boost ahead of this weekend’s league encounter with Wasps.

However, Dollman himself is excited by what the future holds and says the experiences he has gained, coupled with the vision of the club, made his decision to sign on again very simple.

“When I first came down there was a feeling that this was a really professional set up and a club striving to be higher than it was in the Championship,” added Dollman.

“I felt it was a club that looked more than a Championship side and felt more than a Championship side. That’s obviously come about but it exceeded my expectations for how quickly that came about and how we’ve adapted and moved forward as a club.

“We’ve kept improving and that’s something I’ve enjoyed being a part of as a player, having to keep improving to try to keep up with the squad because everyone seems to be improving daily at the moment.”

Baxter expressed his delight that Dollman has put pen to paper on his new contract

: “The important thing when you’re putting a squad together, when you’ve got a developing group of players my preference is not to have too high a turnover of players.

“I think we’re reaping the benefits of that more this season than at any other time. There’s not been a lot of change in the side for a couple of years.

“Yes we’ve brought in some players but it’s not stacks and stacks of players, in some ways it’s funny that we were getting criticised in some quarters at the start of the season that we hadn’t brought in enough players but a lot of the time it’s about a team maturing together.

“Phil’s been a very important part of that and he shows a lot of the qualities we like in our players here – he’s a good guy, a good member of the squad, he’s popular, he works hard, is very reliable and trustworthy.

“Those qualities as well as his playing qualities are very important for us when we want to put a squad of players together long-term.”

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