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New Chiefs deal for Whitten

05th December 2013 10:46

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New deal: Ian Whitten

Irish international back Ian Whitten is delighted to have signed a new two-year contract with Premiership club Exeter Chiefs.

The 26-year-old follows club-mate Jack Yeandle in agreeing terms on a deal to remain at Sandy Park.

Signed at the start of the 2012/13 season from Ulster, Whitten has settled well to life in the West Country, establishing himself as a prominent member of Rob Baxter's first-team squad.

To date, Lisburn-born Whitten has featured 34 times for the club, either in the centre or on the wing, and has scored two tries in the process.

Now, with his immediate future secured, the talented ace is looking to build on what has been an encouraging first two years in Devon.

"Signing on again was a fairly easy decision for me to make," said Whitten.

"I've had two good years here already and hopefully I'll have two more good years,

"At the moment I feel I am doing well; that I'm improving as a player and I like where the club is going. The systems they have in place are good ones, I like the way we play, so I can only see success for the club going forward."

And with over a year's experience of English rugby's top flight under his belt, Whitten insists there is still more to come from him as a player in Exeter colours.

"The Premiership has been tough, it's tougher than the Pro12 in the fact that you can't ever have an off week and get away with it," added Whitten.

"The Heineken Cup also has been a great experience for us all. I think having had a couple of years in Europe we are getting better and we are getting used to the bigger occasions. We have a big one on Saturday [against Toulon], so it's great be part of it all.

"On a personal level, my target for the future is to do well and be successful with the Chiefs. I want the club to start pushing into semi-finals and latter stages of competitions. You can see we are improving year on year, so hopefully over the next two years we can move onto that next level. I want to be ambitious with the team and contribute to Exeter doing well."

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