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Exeter Chiefs academy trio sign deals

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: January 26, 2014

Jack Oulton in action against Ospreys - Picture: Pinnacle

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Three of Exeter Chiefs' promising youngsters have been handed three-year academy deals.

Centre Tom Hendrickson, winger Max Bodilly and scrum-half Jack Oulton were all involved in Saturday's 36-22 win against Ospreys in the LV= Cup.

And the Truro College trio have been rewarded for their progress with academy deals, which are reviewed annually.

Hendrickson and Bodilly are both aged 19, a year older than Oulton.

Chiefs academy manager Robin Cowling said: “They have been part of our academy since they were 13 and have come through really well, and we are really pleased they have agreed to sign for another three years.

“We are very lucky that Rob (Baxter, head coach) and Ali (Hepher, assistant coach) really buy into the academy and see the real future of the playing side of the club as being based on the academy players, which is a terrific boost to us as staff, and a terrific incentive to the players, who really want to be part of life here.”

Bodilly and Hendrickson, who was born in Napier in New Zealand, are spending this season on loan with Championship side Cornish Pirates, but a decision is still to be made about where they will be next term.

“We have still got to negotiate which club is the best one for them to dual-register with for next season,” explained Cowling.

“They have both been very happy and appreciative of what they have done with the Pirates this season, which is definitely a bonus, and while it is not finalised yet, that is likely to continue.

“Jack is a year younger than Tom and Max. He is still at Truro College and his home club is Wadebridge, but we will decide after the pre-season is out of the way in the summer, which is the best club for him, because it is vital these lads actually play. We want them to get into as high a level as possible, but equally, they must play.”

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