Exeter exit for Naqelevuki?

Date published: February 19 2015

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Exeter head coach Rob Baxter has given a strong hint that centre or wing Sireli Naqelevuki could be leaving the club at the end of 2014/15.

The Fijian back, who is now 34, has featured just three times this season for the Chiefs due to injuries as Baxter assesses his situation.

"People are well aware that he's had a few injury issues so far this season and he's getting on a little bit," coach Baxter told BBC Sport.

"Whether we'll see Sireli back in the centre in an Exeter Chiefs shirt is too early to say."

Naqelevuki joined the English club from the Stormers in 2010 and was an instant success at Sandy Park with his running and offloading game.

"Sireli's been a very important part of what we've achieved in the Premiership and he's been an absolute pleasure to coach and work with," Baxter added.

"Some of my best moments coaching and watching us perform on the pitch has been when Sireli's had the ball in his hands – some of the things he's done for us have been fantastic.

"It would have been great to have had him 10 years younger, he would have been a player in the Premiership year on year.

"It's also a bit of a shame that injuries have caught up with him now, but that won't change anything that he's achieved for us, or the respect and the admiration we have for him."

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