Exeter second-row Wilhelm van der Sluys has left the team to join Johannesburg-based Super side the Lions.

The 27-year-old south-african joined Exeter in the summer of 20 17 and made 12 appearances, for example, anglo welsh Cup final triumph over Toilet in 2018.

Van der Sluys found game-time limited on account of the development of players like Sam Skinner and Jonny Hill.

“it is a credit to him which he has been part of a procedure which has seen the club thrive,” said manager .

“In most of the challenges he has had, he has remained a great team manhood, been remarkably popular so when he has been contacted to come in he has done nicely and worked very hard and had decent matches ”

Baxter told BBC Sport:”He’s been so good for all of people and been a fantastic character and a fantastic guy round the spot it might have been unfair for all of us to hold him and never allow him opportunity, so I would love to think it’s worked out best for us”

Van der Sluys is the 2nd non-English qualified player to leave the club this season, with Italy center Michele Campagnaro moving to Wasps in November after finding it tough to break in the medial side.

“It’s been an remarkable experience, one that is difficult to put into only a couple words,” the 6ft 5ins forwards told the Exeter website.

“In the day I came to the day I said goodbye, it’s been a superb adventure for me and that I am quite grateful to have been part of that which is a very special club.

“Over time I have been fortunate to play at a few nightclubs, but the camaraderie that is present at the Chiefs, it’s on some other level. You can see it both on and off the field, so the people are not only teammates, but fantastic buddies.”

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