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Shoemark to leave Exeter

17th April 2014 15:37

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Heading home: Jason Shoemark

Rob Baxter hailed Jason Shoemark as a "fantastic servant" with the New Zealander leaving Exeter Chiefs at the end of the season.

Signed in 2010 from Super 15 outfit Highlanders, the experienced 33-year-old centre has played an integral part in helping the Devon club to establish themselves not only in the Aviva Premiership, but also across Europe in both the Heineken and Challenge Cups.

"Jason has been an absolutely fantastic servant to the club and has done so much that's good for us," said Baxter.

"When we came into the Premiership, he was someone we thought could give us that extra something special in midfield, both in attack and defence. He has had a very positive impact on us and how we have been as a Premiership side and a Heineken Cup side.

"It is always a shame when a guy who buys into the club as much as he has eventually moves on, but he has had an absolutely fantastic career at Exeter. All the staff and players will all join me in saying thank you very much to him for all he has done for us.

"There are still three important games left this season and I'm sure Shoey will play an key part in what's coming."

In his four seasons in England, Shoemark - who according to reports in New Zealand is poised to return to former club Hawke's Bay - has currently amassed 71 appearances for the club, scoring five tries in the process.

"Shoey told me he isn't just coming back to offer experience and guidance to the youngsters in the mix ... he wants to demand a starting XV spot," said Magpies assistant coach Danny Lee.

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