Exeter Chiefs have moved to extend the contract of young second row Mitch Lees ahead of the new Premiership season.
Lees, 26, joined the Chiefs ahead of the 2014/15 season from London Welsh and quickly established himself as a key figure in Exeter’s plans, featuring in 24 games last season.
Director of Rugby at Exeter, Rob Baxter, likes what Lees – who can also play in the back-row – has to offer and says the decision to offer the player a contract extension was an easy one.
“He is similar to [new Wales prop] Tom Francis in a lot of ways, we signed him on a two-year contract after he came out of the Championship and he has obviously done fantastically well in his first season with us," said Baxter.
“We feel there is still a lot of development in him and we have kind of only scratched the surface with him as a professional player. He has not been in a professional training environment for very long, but he is obviously a big guy and he is a very good rugby player.
“As I said, he had a very good first season for us, so we moved very early to extend his contract for the next two years, and it was sensible to get him wrapped up now.”