Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Will Chudley has signed for local rivals Bath Rugby.
Chudley, 29, joins Bath from current Premiership champions Exeter after six years with the Chiefs.
Since arriving in Devon in 2012 from Newcastle Falcons, Chudley has amassed over 115 appearances for the Chiefs, with 15 tries to his name to-date. The scrum-half has been a key cog in the Chiefs' rise to the top of the Premiership and is a very canny signing for Bath. Chudley will join the likes of Kahn Fotuali'i, Chris Cook and Will Homer in competing for the nine jersey next season.
Following the news of his signing, Chudley has this to say: “I’m really looking forward to joining Bath next season – it’s a new challenge for me, and one that I’m really looking forward to. Having spoken to Todd, I know how ambitious the Club is, which is one of the main factors behind my decision.
“I’m fortunate to have won the (Aviva) Premiership with Exeter, and with the world-class talent in Bath’s ranks, I’m confident that we can put ourselves in contention for silverware over the next couple of seasons.”
Bath Director of Rugby, Todd Blackadder, expressed his delight in Chudley's arrival earlier today: “Will is a player who I’m really looking forward to working with. He has that winning mentality having played a key role in Exeter’s success over the last few years, and that’s something which will only benefit the Club moving forwards.
“He’s a player with real quality and has shown what a valuable player he is during his six years down at Sandy Park. I have no doubt that he will become an instant hit with the supporters when he arrives in the summer for the new season.”