Jason Shoemark happy to extend Exeter Chiefs contract

Jason Shoemark
Shoemark has scored two tries in his Exeter Chiefs career

Exeter Chiefs centre Jason Shoemark says he would be happy to extend his contract at Sandy Park.

The 30-year-old New Zealander joined Exeter in November 2010 from Super 15 side Otago Highlanders.

Shoemark has played in every Premiership match for the Chiefs this season, scoring one try against Newcastle Falcons in September.

"I've really enjoyed my time here so if I stay here I'll be quite happy," he told BBC South West.

"It'd be nice to stay here but it's obviously whether the Chiefs want me or not and a lot of things come into it.

"We've been here 18 months now and we're definitely settled, so it'd make life easy to stay here."

Former New Zealand Under-21s player Shoemark was called up to the All Blacks squad in 2009, but did not play, after a strong season with the Highlanders in Super rugby.

He played 30 times for the Otago side as well as making five appearances for the Auckland Blues between 2002 and 2003.

And he says the conditions in England were one of the main problems he had to overcome.

"The biggest difference is probably the weather, we can throw the ball around a lot more easily," he said.

"It's a lot more confrontational over here and there's a lot more forward play and a bit more kicking, but it's definitely a lot more physical over here, that's for sure."

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