Exeter forward Sean Lonsdale signs new deal

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter
Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter

Exeter Chiefs have confirmed that forward Sean Lonsdale has signed a long-term deal with the Gallagher Premiership club.

Lonsdale started his career playing in the Welsh Championship for RGC 1404 before joining Exeter Chiefs in 2016. His debut for Exeter first-team came in February 2018 against Saracens and has played 31 times for the Sandy Park based outfit in which he scored three tries.

The 22-year-old also had loan stints with Taunton and Plymouth Albion.

“Sean is one of those stories you really like, rugby-wise,” said Baxter in a statement released by the club.

“He kind of came as an academy player, although he didn’t actually come through our academy. He took a chance by leaving Wales and investing in that change of rugby environment.

“He came to us and bought into what we wanted to do, almost as an academy player. He’s done his time, so to speak, and has comes through a revered time and played in some big games for us.

“He’s still young, getting involved in games now, and he’s got that ability to play right across the back five, which has made him a really valuable member of the 23 on numerous occasions. It’s one of those things you like to talk about as a success story, in a way, as a young player who has come here and worked hard and is reaping the rewards almost week by week".