Ambitious Championship club Ealing have announced the signing of Exeter Chiefs utility-back, Max Bodilly. It’s been a busy week for the London side, who have also confirmed the contract extension of former Scarlets and Cardiff Blues fly-half Steve Shingler and the signing of Ulster wing Angus Kernohan.

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Bodilly, 25, was reared in the West Country, coming through the Exeter academy before going on to make 36 appearances for Rob Baxter’s table-topping Gallagher Premiership side. He has also turned out for the Cornish Pirates in the Championship on a dual-registration.

Truro-born, the centre can also play at full-back and on the wing, having established himself as an exciting broken-field runner and crossing the try line on seven occasions for the Chiefs. He made his senior debut in an LV= Cup encounter against the Ospreys in 2014.

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“I’m really happy to have signed with Ealing,” said Bodilly. “They have a strong squad with an exciting style of play and have been challenging at the top of the Championship for a number of years. I can’t wait to get stuck into a new challenge.”

Ealing boss Ben Ward added: “Max first impressed us while playing on loan for Cornish Pirates a few years back. He has been at Exeter, who are one of the best in the country, and he is a brilliant attacking threat to add to our current squad.

“He offers us the ability to play at either full-back, outside centre or on the wing. With game time we feel that he can really kick on with lots of room to grow. We are confident that he will be a brilliant player for us.”

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