Exeter Chiefs Sign Former Jersey Reds Player
In a surprising move, Exeter Chiefs have secured the signing of former Jersey Reds back row player Hallam Chapman for the remainder of the season. This unexpected transfer comes after Chapman showcased his skills during a match against Exeter in September when he played for Jersey and caught the attention of the Chiefs’ coaching staff.
The unfortunate liquidation of the Reds last month left Chapman without a club. However, his fortunes have now changed as he has been given an opportunity to play in his home county following a successful trial period with Exeter.
“Every setback presents new opportunities,” said Chapman in an interview with the official Exeter websiteexternal-link. “I had an amazing experience at Jersey – great coaches and teammates – but unfortunately, that chapter is over.”
Prior to joining Jersey, Chapman briefly played for London Irish before their demise. During this time, he made three cup appearances for the team and even scored two tries in one match against Northampton Saints. His decision to take a non-traditional rugby pathway led him to join Jersey last year.
Rob Baxter, director of rugby at Exeter Chiefs, expressed his enthusiasm about signing Chapman and acknowledged his unconventional journey within professional rugby. “Hallam is a young and ambitious player who has taken an alternative route outside of traditional academy systems,” Baxter stated.
Baxter further explained how circumstances at Jersey prompted Chapman’s return home to North Devon where he actively sought fresh opportunities. “After reviewing some footage of him, I invited Hallam to train with us,” Baxter continued. “During this time, Plymouth Albion was also in need of back five forwards, so Hallam trained with us and played for Plymouth over a two-week period. It was during this time that he impressed enough to merit a contract until the end of the season.”
With only a short period spent training with Exeter Chiefs, Baxter believes that Chapman has immense potential for rapid development. Fans eagerly await his debut in Chiefs’ colors.
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