Henry Slade agrees to new deal with Exeter Chiefs

Henry Slade has made 230 appearances for Exeter Chiefs
Henry Slade has made 230 appearances for Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs have announced that England centre Henry Slade has agreed to a new deal with the Premiership club.

Slade started his career with Plymouth Albion in 2011 and joined Exeter Chiefs in 2012. Since joining the club, he has gone on to become an integral part making 230 appearances for them in which he amassed 858 points.

During his time with Exeter Chiefs, he has helped them win two Premiership titles and a Champions Cup triumph.

“There were a lot of factors behind my decision to stay at Exeter Chiefs. I love the club, I’m from just down the road and my family get to come nearly every weekend to watch me play at Sandy Park," he told the club's official website.

“I joined the academy at 18, so the club is all I’ve ever really known as a professional rugby player. I feel very lucky to be able to say I’ve represented the club over 200 times.

“I call Exeter my home. I’ve started a young family here – my eldest daughter starts school in September – so it just felt right to stay. The club has been my whole adult life, so I just didn’t feel like it was time to go.

“There’s an extremely strong group coming through now, and I’m relishing being one of the senior boys in amongst a group with so much potential to do some great things."

The 31-year-old was a member of the England under-20 team that won consecutive titles in the 2012 and 2013 U20 Six Nations and also the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship.

He went on to make his Test debut for England in 2015 and has played in 62 games while winning two Six Nations titles. He was also part of the 2019 Rugby World Cup squad of England that saw them finish runners up.

"He's back in the England squad, playing very well, he's a real leader here playing great rugby and playing in big games for us," Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter said.

"I can't say anything that really conveys how good he's been this year, both mentally and physically in his performances and his attitude around the place."

"He's grown this year with the additional responsibility that's been put on his shoulders, that takes some doing."