No hard feelings from Exeter Chiefs Arscott

Former Bristol full-back Luke Arscott said there were no hard feelings when he met up with the squad that beat his ex club in the Championship final in May.

Arscott, who actually began his career at Exeter, was among the Bristol players who suffered the disappointment of not bouncing straight back up to the Premiership, after a year in the Championship, while the Chiefs celebrated their the club’s biggest achievement to date.

He said: “What’s happened has happened and it’s in the past. We have got no hard feelings. There are no grudges to bear.”
Arscott is one of seven new players to have joined Chiefs’ squad ahead of their first Premiership season.

“The first day is like the first day at school. It’s exciting and nervous. I know a few of the boys so it wasn’t too bad. It’s great to back in the swing of things.

“Exeter have kept most of their guys from last year and there are only seven new players, and the boys have been really accommodating and welcoming towards us.”

Arscott added: “The Premiership is where every player wants to be. It’s the top national level. It’s great to be back and nice to have the opportunity to play with Exeter in the Premiership. I was here eight years ago; I first started my career at Exeter.”

And the Chiefs squad have a mouth-watering start to the season with Gloucester at home on the weekend of Saturday 4 followed by a trip to Welford Road to visit the 2009/10 champions Leicester Tigers.

Arscott, who celebrates his 26th birthday tomorrow, concluded: “We are going to go out and try to win as many games as possible.

“There are no easy games but it’s nice to have a home game first up. Hopefully, we will get a sell-out crowd and they give us their backing.”

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