Exeter Chiefs recruit Whitten
March 8, 2012
Ian Whitten will join Exeter from Ulster © Getty Images
Exeter Chiefs have announced the signing of Ireland international centre Ian Whitten.
Whitten, who has won two caps, has agreed a two-year deal at Sandy Park and will move to Exeter from Heineken Cup quarter-finalists Ulster. The 24-year-old is Exeter's first signing for next season.
Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter said: "Ian is a big, strong guy, but he's also quick and powerful. It is nice that he is still developing as a player. He's got a lot of good rugby ahead of him.
"All-round, he suits us very well. He is quick enough to play on the wing, but also big enough and physical enough to play in midfield.
"I have no doubt that quite a few teams were looking at him, and for him to decide to come to Exeter is fantastic for us."
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