VIDEO: Tom James will battle for first-team place at Exeter Chiefs
Exeter Chiefs’ new wing Tom James admits it will be difficult to break into the Premiership club’s starting XV this season.
Wales international James arrived at Sandy Park over the summer from Cardiff Blues and has been impressed with the talent within Rob Baxter’s squad.
However, the 26-year-old hopes his attributes will fit well within the Devon club’s counter-attacking game.
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He said: “It is why I signed here, really. Chiefs like to throw the ball around and the players like to attack. That’s my kind of play, that counter-attacking style.
“There will be a lot of competition for places here this season. With Jack Nowell now getting in the Saxons, Fetu’u Vainikolo being a Tonga international and Matt Jess – he hasn’t played internationally but he has that quality about him – it is going to be tough.
“Getting my name on the teamsheet will be difficult but it is only going to improve me as a player. We will all put pressure on one another to become better players.”
James feels that the competition throughout the whole squad will drive Chiefs towards their continual goal of Heineken Cup qualification.
He said: “The only way you can keep improving is to keeping bringing in new players and strengthen the squad.
“I think they have done that here really well. The players who have come in have found everything here to be good and we are all on the same wavelength, wanting to improve.”