Exeter Chiefs sign Julian Salvi from Leicester Tigers
Last Updated: 19/05/15 1:57pm
The Exeter Chiefs have signed flanker Julian Salvi from the Leicester Tigers on a two-year deal.
The Australian has been with Leicester for the last four seasons, scoring 11 tries in 112 appearances, and he will be reunited with former Welford Road team-mate Thomas Waldrom at Sandy Park.
Exeter have also signed lock Geoff Parling from the Tigers as they look to launch a bid for a top-four place in the Aviva Premiership in 2015-16.
“I’m really looking forward to the move as I see it as a new adventure and a nice move for me and my family,” said Salvi.
“Exeter is a club on the rise and you can see from their results and performances this season, they are a formidable outfit within the Premiership and Europe.
“What they have achieved since coming out of the Championship has been outstanding and each year they continue to improve.
“I spoke to one or two of the boys down there, guys like Thomas Waldrom and Ben White who I’ve known for years, and also Pat Phibbs and Peter Kimlin also spoke highly of the place as well.
“Also having come down and spoken with Rob Baxter, taken a look around the place, you can see everything is in place for an exciting future. I know the strength of the squad they have, especially in the back-row, but I enjoy a challenge and can’t wait to get stuck into things.
I’ve had four great years at the Tigers and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
“However, the time has come for me and my family to try something different and Exeter have given me that opportunity. Now it’s up to me to re-assert myself in a new group and do my best to try and break into the team.”