The Chiefs have announced that their Wallaby skipper, Dean Mumm, has signed a contract extension, while the club also picked up a hatful of awards at the BBC South West Sport Awards.
|Hat trick of awards. Picture: Exeter Chiefs/Pinnacle Photo Agency|
Exeter might not have recruited sweepingly since they were promoted from the Championship four seasons ago, but they have recruited shrewdly. There have been incremental additions that have added to a rock-solid core of long-serving players. The acquisition of lock forward Mumm ahead of the 2012-13 season encapsulated the Chiefs' shrewdness on the recruitment front.
That the Australian has been persuaded to extend his stay speaks volumes too about the direction the club is heading in.
Hard-grafting, spirited and with a thirst to get the ball in hand, Mumm sums up Exeter's philosophy.
On top of that, Chiefs winger Jack Nowell has been named BBC South West Sportsman of the Year, and Exeter named Team of the Year. To complete the hat-trick, head coach Rob Baxter - whose stock continues to rise steadily - picked up the coaching award.
Another good week for a side that is surely an example to all clubs when it comes to implementing a steady, admirable evolution.