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Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Niall Armstrong pens new deal

Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Niall Armstrong has committed his long-term future to the club after signing a new deal. 

The Irishman is yet another talented player coming to the club via the University of Exeter, joining the first-team this season. He made his debut for the club back in September, and has gone onto make 11 appearances. He has also scored three tries.

Commenting on the new deal, Armstrong said: “I’ve loved my first season with Chiefs,” the scrum half said. “The environment Rob [Baxter] and the rest of the coaches have created here is one that has allowed me to grow and learn so much as a player. While at the same time getting invaluable Premiership exposure so early on in my career.”

“I’m delighted to be able to continue my time here and I’m very excited for what the future holds for us as a group. There’s a real feeling that we’re n the process of building something special.”

The 24-year-old began the season as a match-day regular; however injuries have plagued him since. He has since returned to full fitness, and marked his return last weekend in the Chiefs’ 38-17 win over Gloucester.

In a statement, Exeter Chiefs Director of Rugby, Rob Baxter, said: “We’re delighted to have Niall staying as part of our young group of players. He’s been a great addition to the squad through what has proven to be a valuable pathway for us through the university.”

“He was the university’s first choice nine. He came here on an opportunity and he has progressed with us fantastically well.”

Armstrong becomes the latest youngster to commit to the club long-term, with Ben Hammersley and Tommy Wyatt also penning new deals with the club.