Exeter move excites Devoto

Date published: August 5 2016

Exeter utility back Ollie Devoto cannot wait to hit the ground running at his new club after arriving from Premiership rivals Bath.

Devoto is keen to impress at the Chiefs and said his past battles with the Sandy Park-based outfit was one of the reasons why he joined them.

"Rob Baxter and I had a chat before I started just to outline where I stand and what's my position," the 22-year-old told the Exeter Express and Echo.

"First of all he said I've got to work hard and you can see that in the guys. Everyone works extremely hard and I know from playing them previously that, when you play Exeter Chiefs, you know you're in for a hard game.

"I really enjoyed playing at Sandy Park and it was one of the factors that really drew me to the club.

"The atmosphere was amazing and there was a sense that the guys really, really work for each other.

"Having been on the other end of that, I really wanted to be a part of it.

"The guys who have done really, really well, the likes of Henry Slade and Jack Nowell have really benefitted from the environment here, so from my point of view I just want to be a part of it as much as possible and learn from that environment."

Devoto met several of his new team-mates while on duty for the England Saxons during their tour of South Africa and is enjoying his new surroundings.

"I've obviously been here since last week and have been slowly introduced to training," he added. 

"I think all the boys are a lot fitter than me at the moment but in terms of settling in and meeting new faces, it's been brilliant.

"I knew quite a few of the boys previously through age group level rugby and those that I met in South Africa but I get on well with everyone."