Exeter Chiefs sign Bath's Ireland second-row Ryan Caldwell
Exeter have signed Bath's former Ireland international second row Ryan Caldwell on a one-year deal.
"I like the brand of rugby that the Chiefs play and hopefully I can go down there and play a big part for them next season," said Caldwell.
- Played for Ireland against Canada and USA in summer of 2009.
- Spent six years at Ulster, scoring three tries in 84 games.
- Moved to Bath in 2011, scoring two tries in 52 games.
"It's a great move for me and one that I am very much looking forward to."
Caldwell played with Exeter fly-half Gareth Steenson as a youngster and was a team-mate of Chiefs centre Ian Whitten at Ulster.
"It'll be good to have a few friendly faces to welcome me in when I join up with the rest of the guys," added Caldwell.
"The team spirit you can see is great down at Exeter and it comes through so often in their performances on the pitch."
"I think Ryan is a really good signing for us. I have kept an eye on him ever since he came over because we were interested in signing him when he came over from Ulster, but we were never really in the market for him," said Exeter head coach Rob Baxter.
"Since then I have watched him over a number of seasons and when he first came over he played really well for Bath.
"He has had some injury issues, but they are behind him and he is fit and ready to play. We feel it's a great opportunity for Ryan to show what he can do."