Patricia Garcia has agreed a brand new deal to remain at Exeter Chiefs as a participant whereas additionally changing into the membership’s supervisor of its ladies’s academy.
The Spanish scrum-half has signed as much as a second season with the Premier 15s newcomers, having helped Chiefs obtain a sixth-place end of their first season.
Of their route to 10 victories in 18 matches, Chiefs recorded wins over every top-four facet – Saracens, Harlequins, Wasps and Loughborough Lightning.
Chiefs maintain ties with Exeter College and Exeter School to assist develop younger gamers by means of academy programmes which mix rugby with training.
“With this position, I really feel I can depart a few of my legacy right here in England,” stated Garcia.
“I wish to assist create this challenge for the membership and the younger women, who I do know could make that transfer into the Chiefs jersey,” she added.
Garcia competed for Spain in sevens on the Rio Olympics 5 years in the past, and arrived at Sandy Park final September having undertaken a 2,000-kilometre journey in a camper van to reach within the south-west of England.
“What she has delivered to the crew, on and off the sphere, has been invaluable,” Exeter head coach Susie Appleby added.
“Her expertise, her data and her recreation understanding is simply implausible, as is the best way she works with our gamers and people within the centre of excellence together with Dave Kimberley.
“Since she arrived, she has simply embraced all the things to assist develop the Chiefs.
“A participant of her expertise is invaluable in serving to us construct for the longer term and along with her new position within the academy, I feel she can have a significant affect in serving to us change into an excellent stronger membership and crew subsequent season.”