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Chiefs keep hold of Ewers

22nd January 2014 14:40

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Powerhouse: Dave Ewers

Dave Ewers wants to help Exeter Chiefs become a force after signing a new two-year contract with the Aviva Premiership club.

A product of the club's highly successful academy set-up, the imposing 23-year-old forward has taken his game to new heights this season, not only establishing himself as a first-team regular with the Devon club, but also impressing enough to be named in Stuart Lancaster's England Saxons squad.

Ewers' decision to stay at Sandy Park offers yet another boost to Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter, who in recent weeks has also tied down the futures of Ian Whitten, Jack Yeandle, Damian Welch, Tom Johnson and skipper Dean Mumm.

"I'm really pleased to be staying on with the Chiefs," said Ewers.

"We've been talking for a little while about the contract, but now it's all sorted I can concentrate on my rugby and what I hope will be a big end to the season.

"It's probably no secret that I like it here and that I feel pretty comfortable. I enjoy being part of the squad and the way the season has gone for me, I just want to build on that over the next two years."

Certainly Ewers has demonstrated this season that he is more than capable of playing at the top end of the game, producing some notable displays both in the Aviva Premiership and in the Heineken Cup, the latter of which saw him pick up the man of the match award in the home win over a star-studded Cardiff Blues side.

However, the former Ivybridge Community College student believes there is 'more to come' from him in time.

"I've managed to get into the Saxons squad, which is great, and the club itself is now getting a lot more recognition than before," added Ewers.

"We're growing in stature all the time and we've got some really good talent coming through the ranks, I suppose my aim is that I just hope to grow with all that.

"Sometimes it all seems a bit surreal and I have to keep pinching myself about where I am, but I know that if I want to go further in the game then I have to keep working hard and looking to improve.

"The coaches here are helping me a lot in that respect, but so are a lot of the senior guys in the squad. Off the field as well you can see the club is moving in the right direction with all the development works here at the stadium, so as a player it's an exciting place to be and play your rugby."

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