Wallaby Lachie Turner signs for Exeter Chiefs

(Exeter Chiefs)

Australia winger Lachie Turner has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Exeter Chiefs which commences immediately.

Turner arrives at the Chiefs are completing a spell as World Cup cover at Toulon. He will bring 15 Test caps worth of experience to the Chiefs and has also had spells at the Waratahs and Reds.

"I'm very excited to be here," Turner said. "I found out a little while ago that I would be coming, but I've had to wait for the paperwork and visas to be sorted. Now it's all sorted, I can't wait to dive in."

Turner will be joined by fellow Australia internationals Dave Dennis and Greg Holmes next season and he is looking forward to experiencing Aviva Premiership rugby.

"The team have done very well this season and the whole organisation is in a strong position," said Turner. "Moving forward my role is just to add to that as best I can and try to continue the good work the team have done. Sitting where they are is a great accomplishment to everyone.

"Speaking to the guys this morning, though, they are all about consistency and making sure we are on our game each week. As I said, I'm looking forward to the challenge and I'm looking forward to jumping in at deep end and seeing what English Premiership rugby is all about.

"The Premiership is certainly a lot more regarded back home than in recent years. Perhaps in the past it was thought that only one or two sides could win it, but now you look at it and anyone can beat anyone. You've seen Wasps go through a decline and come back and play some very good footy and everyone has seen Exeter work their way up to be the team they are now.

"It's a tough division, there is no doubt about that, but Exeter are one of the major contenders and I'm hoping to play my part moving forward."