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Exeter sign Kvesic from Westcountry rivals

Kvesic has been capped three times by England Photo: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

Gloucester flanker Matt Kvesic will leave the club at the end of the season and join Westcountry rivals having signed a three year deal at Sandy Park.

The 24 year old England international is Rob Baxter’s first capture ahead of next season and joins from Aviva Premiership rivals Gloucester.

Having initially started his senior career at Worcester Warriors in 2009, Kvesic spent four years at Sixways before signing for Gloucester ahead of the 2013/14 season.

Kvesic has signed a three year deal at Sandy Park Credit: oe Giddens/PA Archive/PA Images

Over the last few years the Chiefs have shown they are one of the top teams in the country. They reached the final last season and it looks like they’ll be in the top four again at least this season.

You can see in Exeter’s performances that not only do they have a great team ethos, but all of them are really hard working, they play the game to a very high standard, and that they seem to want to drive their standards up and up all the time.

As a player those are the kind of things you look for, especially if you’re moving to a new club. As I said, this is going to be a new start for me and hopefully a move that will really help kick me on as a player.

I can’t thank Gloucester enough for all that they have done for me,” he continued. “It’s a great rugby club with fantastic supporters and I will always be grateful for the opportunities they have given me.

– Matt Kvesic
Rob Baxter tried to sign Kvesic when he left Worcester for Gloucester Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/PA Images

Exeter Head Coach Rob Baxter worked with Kvesic in 2013 when he was part of England’s touring squad to Argentina and admitted he had tried to sign the forward when he swapped Worcester for Gloucester. But says he is now hoping to see more of the qualities that first caught his attention:

We were probably a little disappointed not to sign him when he moved from Worcester initially. I’m not the kind of person, though, who if the player doesn’t come to you the first time you give up on them and that’s their only opportunity. We’ve been following Matt for quite a while and I’ve liked a lot of the qualities I’ve seen of him.

Some of the qualities we saw at Worcester will be some of the ones we want to re-ignite in him that we maybe haven’t seen quite so much of at Gloucester. I think at Gloucester he’s become very defensively organised and defensively-biased and we’d like to see him become a bit more of an attacking player and an attacking option with us, and add a bit more balance to his game.

– Rob Baxter, Head Coach, Exeter Chiefs