EXETER Chiefs have bolstered their squad for next season by signing Tom Price from the Scarlets.

The 26-year-old lock is Rob Baxter’s third confirmed new arrival ahead of the 2019/20 campaign, joining on a two-year deal.

He will further bolster Baxter’s options in the second-row, coming just days after the Chiefs also confirmed the arrival of fellow lock Will Witty from Newcastle Falcons.

Price said: “It’s a great move for me. Exeter are a great club, well coached and have some very good players.

“Exeter are a quality side and they’ve proved that now for a number of years. They are one of the best sides in England and in Europe, so I’m looking forward to getting down there and being part of it all.”

With Wilhelm Van der Sluys having already departed Sandy Park and other locks poised to follow suit at the end of the season, Baxter said it was imperative he looked to ensure he had sufficient numbers in place for next term.

“In an ideal world it would be great if we could keep everybody, but there is a reality it just doesn’t work like that,” said Baxter. “We’ve got guys coming in and guys moving on, so it’s all about balancing a very fine line around the salary cap.

“At times this season we’ve struggled a little bit in terms of our options in the second-row because of injuries and international call-ups, so we’ve got to make sure we have players in place who are not only good line-out forwards, but who can run line-outs as well. Tom certainly has those attributes, as well as a number of others, and he has developed his game nicely during his time at the Scarlets.”

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