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Exeter Chiefs trio sign new contracts

Chris Budgen, Chris Whitehead and Ben Moon
Budgen, Whitehead and Moon (from left to right) form the Exeter front row

Exeter Chiefs front row trio Chris Budgen, Chris Whitehead and Ben Moon have become the latest players to pledge their futures to the Devon club.

Budgen, 38, has agreed a new one-year contract, while Whitehead and Moon have penned two-year deals.

Chiefs have now agreed new deals with 13 players, while a number of other squad members are set to follow suit.

"In these three players we have got a microcosm of the whole squad," said Chiefs' head coach Rob Baxter.

"They have all come together to be part of what is a good team environment," he told the club's official website.

New Zealander Budgen, who has been at Sandy Park since September 2008, said: "I'm really pleased to have got another year at the club.

"It takes a lot of weight off your shoulders and means I can just concentrate on my rugby."

Ben Moon
Devon-born Ben Moon has also represented England at Under-20 level

Chiefs' academy product Ben Moon, who scored his second try of the season in last week's LV= Cup victory over Leicester, added: "Being a Premiership player is great and I now feel like I am getting more involved in things.

"Obviously it is good to have re-signed and good to see a lot of the other boys doing the same."

Whitehead, who joined Chiefs from Wasps in the summer, said: "Ever since I arrived, I knew I wanted a future here.

"Things are going well and it's a great club to be around."

Exeter's next game is at Newcastle on Sunday, when they will be hoping to make the knock-out stages of the LV= Cup.

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