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Chiefs give Sweeney another year

27th February 2014 08:36


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Extension: Ceri Sweeney

Ceri Sweeney is "delighted" to have been asked to sign a new deal with Aviva Premiership side Exeter Chiefs.

Signed this season from the Cardiff Blues, the experienced Welsh international has agreed terms on a new one-year contract.

Brought in to compete for the number ten jersey alongside fellow play-makers Gareth Steenson and Henry Slade, the 34-year-old admits life at Sandy Park has more than lived up to expectations.

"I'm really happy and I've enjoyed the year so far and playing down here," said Sweeney.

"I've not had too many opportunities to play, but it's a good environment and I'm delighted to have been asked to stay on for another year.

"Certainly it's lived up to expectations for me and coming to Exeter was a new and fresh challenge, which has reinvigorated me a bit. For me, it's been nice working with different people in a different environment.

"Obviously playing in Wales for so long, it's a small environment and everybody knows what is going on, but in the Premiership it's different ideas, different styles and different teams and that is the exciting part of it all. Every week is a tough challenge and brings up different obstacles."

"Ceri's in one of those positions that's very important in a rugby side," said Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter.

"He's in a key position at fly-half and if Steeno and Sladey go pretty well he might not get much game time, but at the same time he's one injury away or one player's lack of form from coming in and having to run a Heineken Cup campaign for you. Ceri's done that.

"He's an ideal person for us because we could put him in there and we'd be very comfortable with him starting, or he can be on the bench or he can run our LV= Cup side as skipper - he has a lot of skills.

"Also he is a particularly good guy around the squad. He understands that some of his role will be helping other players around him and a large part of his role is making sure he's bang on form when his opportunity comes to play. Ceri's been very good at that."

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