Exeter Chiefs sign London Welsh hooker Greg Bateman

Greg Bateman

Exeter Chiefs have signed London Welsh hooker Greg Bateman on a two-year deal.

The 24 year-old is the fifth arrival at Sandy Park this summer and comes in after the and

Bateman played 27 games for Welsh last season, starting seven times in the Premiership and four times in Europe.

"He's a guy who was bang on form at the end of a tough season for London Welsh," said Exeter boss Rob Baxter.

"With Greg having a recently converted from tight-head prop - he's Premiership level in that position - what we see is a bigger guy with a big scrummaging background, but his biggest strength is his ball carrying."

Bateman is pleased to be continuing his career in the Premiership after

"It's a great move for me and I wouldn't have come here if I didn't think we weren't going to go anywhere," he said.

"I want to be somewhere that it's going to be competitive and somewhere that I am going to be involved in a good level of rugby.

"Having played against Exeter in the past I know they are a formidable unit and that they have a lot of strengths within."

Bateman will compete with Chris Whitehead, Jack Yeandle and England Under-20s hooker Luke Cowan Dickie for the number two shirt.

"With Greg coming in we're now back to where we were last year with four, plus Tom Cowan-Dickie on dual registration at Plymouth, that's where we want to be," added Baxter.

"Luke Cowan-Dickie is starting to come through, Tom Cowan-Dickie is starting to get some more regular game time at Championship level and with Greg coming in now we give ourselves the strength in depth I think we need in that position.

"It doesn't take a lot of looking back just into last season to see what can happen. Jack came to the club from Doncaster, his first rugby involvement was on loan at Pirates and by the end of the year he'd started the last six or seven Premiership games."

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