Exeter Chiefs’ Gareth Steenson to stay on until the end of the season | Rugby Union News

Last Updated: 15/07/20 10:16am

Gareth Steenson joined the Chiefs from Cornish Pirates in 2008

Fly-half Gareth Steenson has extended his Exeter Chiefs contract to the end of the season.

The 36-year-old was due to retire this month following the scheduled end of the season, but with fixtures being postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Steenson has signed a new deal to stay on until the season is completed.

The Chiefs’ all-time leading points scorer will join the club’s coaching staff after hanging up his boots, but is looking to add silverware to the cabinet before that he does, as rugby makes its reunite behind closed doors the following month.

“I’m thrilled about the new deal,” said Steenson. “Obviously, this has been a strange time for people all. Being at home, training on someone basis, being unsure of if I was going to come back playing again, it’s nice to know I’ll get the chance to finish off what we started.

“If I don’t get still another opportunity to run out in the front of a complete Sandy Park, it will be disappointing, but it is something I could live with.

“I’ve had big days and I could still have an opportunity of winning a few of titles before I go, that will be incredible.

“That’s an actual big driver for me now and to be part of the squad trying to accomplish that is great.”

Exeter are top of the Premiership dining table and are in the quarter-finals of the Champions Cup where they’re set to face Northampton Saints.