O'Flaherty to leave the Chiefs

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By Mark Stevens

Exeter Chiefs winger Tom O’Flaherty is set for pastures new next season, bringing to an end a five-year stay at Sandy Park.

The 27-year-old back, who is set to move to Gallagher Premiership rivals Sale Sharks on a long-term deal, has played an integral role in the success of the Chiefs in recent seasons, helping them to lift both the Premiership and Champions Cup titles in 2020.

Brought to Devon in 2017 from the Ospreys, the popular Londoner has to date amassed 92 first-team appearances for the club, scoring 35 tries in the process.

O’Flaherty will move to the North West next season where he will be joined by team-mate Jonny Hill, who himself announced back in December that he would be joining the Sharks.

Commenting on his time with the Chiefs, O’Flaherty said: “I have had an amazing five years with the Chiefs, sharing in some unbelievable moments both on and off the field. Since the day I arrived, it’s been an awesome journey, but I feel this is the right time in my career to try something new.

“I have been fortunate to be part of a hugely successful club who each year are challenging for honours. Winning the double back in 2020 is obviously the highlight of my time here, but there are so many other memories.

“Leaving the Chiefs was tough, probably one of the toughest decisions I’ve had to make, but I still have a few months left of my time here and I intend to give everything to the cause to ensure that I go out on a high note. There are some huge games still to play and I want to be part of them all.

“Finally, I want to thanks the club, its staff, coaches and supporters for everything they have given to me during my time here. My biggest thanks, however, go to my team-mates who have been brilliant. I have made friendships here that will last a lifetime and I know I will always have happy memories of my time at the Chiefs.”

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