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Luke Arscott signs new Exeter Chiefs contract

By echo_nick  |  Posted: December 20, 2012

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Rob Baxter is looking for Luke Arscott to improve yet further after the full-back signed a two-year contract extension with Exeter Chiefs.

After playing for the club as a teenager, Arscott returned to Exeter in 2010 when they beat his former club Bristol to promotion to the Aviva Premiership.

Having been first choice ever since, the Devonian has been one of the Chiefs' stand-out players in the last couple of months.

That saw him linked with a move away from Sandy Park when his contract expired at the end of this season, but head coach Baxter moved quickly to tie down a deal.

He said: "Luke signing on again is fantastic news for us. He's a very good player, who is right on form at the moment. He was one of the first guys we brought in when we got promoted and since then he's been a cornerstone of our back division in our time in the Premiership.

"Watching him play this season, not just in the Heineken Cup, but also some big Premiership games, he's been in great form and what we've got to do now is make sure he maintains his form and knocks on again in the next couple of years."

Arscott becomes the 10th Exeter player to agree a new contract this season. However, that still leaves 21 members of the squad whose deals are due to expire in June 2013.

Baxter said several more players are close to signing extensions, but admitted that others he would have liked to have kept are likely to move on at the end of the campaign.

"I'm really pleased with how the recruitment and retention side of things is going," he said. "There won't be the huge amount of changes next season that I didn't want, so that's fantastic for us.

"If we do make three or four acquisitions or changeovers in the market after January 1 that'll probably be the number we'll want to make.

"We have got a lot of our out-of-contract players pretty much sorted now. A few have already signed on the dotted line and we've others lined up in the not too distant future, so already we have the skeleton of another hugely competitive squad for next season.

"Obviously the key now is pinning down the remainder of those players and when we do go into the market, it's important we then bring in the right guys. That's the long-term process for me, but as always we will take our time on recruitment and we do that for a good reason."

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