Exeter Chiefs’ James Scaysbrook and Jack Yeandle have become the latest players to agree new contracts with the club.
Flanker Scaysbrook, who joined the Chiefs from Bath in 2009, has agreed a new two-year deal, while former Crediton hooker Yeandle has penned a new one-year contract after his switch last summer from Doncaster.
They take the number of current squad members to have agreed new deals this term to 19, leaving another 14 with their futures up in the air.
And Baxter is delighted to have secured the services of two more players as he builds his squad for next season.
Scaysbrook has only missed two Premiership matches since the Chiefs won promotion and the head coach feels he is one of the key players in his side.
“He’s shown over the last couple of seasons he’s one of the top performing sevens in the Premiership. His stats show that, particularly in the tackle and clear-out areas,” Baxter said of Scaysbrook.
“He’s a good communicator and a good link player. In a team that wants to play a fair bit of rugby, I think he makes more passes than any other seven in the Premiership and he’s shown to be a good character.
“It’s good continuity for ourselves and with him being signed alongside Ben White we’ve got some really good competition. With Joel Conlon starting to come through, we’ve got some nice players in that position.”
Yeandle has featured eight times for the Chiefs this season, including the last two league games, and Baxter feels he has done enough to earn a new deal.
Baxter said: “Jack was offered an opportunity contract. He had an opportunity to come and train in the Premiership along with being dual registered with another club to make sure he had plenty of rugby.
“He’s had to bide his time a little bit. He’s been 24th man and travelled with us with no involvement with the first team quite a few times.
“He’s taken his opportunities in the LV in a very strong group of hookers we’ve got here at the club. He impressed in the Northampton game when he played the full 80 minutes and I thought he had a very good game with his carrying and tackling and the set-piece held up very well.
“I’m really pleased with how he’s done. This is his local Premiership side, it adds to the package and makes it a little more personal for him and that’s important for me.
“Jack’s very aware he still has things to add to his game but all the staff here really like working with him, they think he trains hard and he’s been a good guy around the place.
“It’s nice to offer him another year and the reason for that is that Jack wants to see how his development goes over another year, as we do as well.
“Hopefully the next contract he signs will be on the back of having a really good year next year and it’ll be a longer-term deal for him.”