Exeter Chiefs: Pat Phibbs agrees short-term contract

Pat Phibbs
Pat Phibbs has joined Exeter Chiefs for a second time after being released by London Irish

Scrum-half Pat Phibbs has agreed a short-term deal to stay with Exeter Chiefs following a trial.

The 32-year-old Australian is in his second spell with the Premiership club having previously signed in 2011.

Phibbs has been brought in as cover after injuries to regular scrum-halves Dave Lewis and Haydn Thomas.

Coach Rob Baxter said: "We're going to sign him on a short-term deal. He'll be here for a couple of months and then we'll reassess the situation."

Sydney-born Phibbs joined the Chiefs on a short-term deal three years ago and was kept on for the season, making 11 appearances before signing for Leicester Tigers.

Phibbs, who later joined London Irish from Leicester, signed a permanent contract with the Exiles before being released in the summer.

"He's a good player, he's someone we like and we've seen him before so we're quite comfortable to get him down here," Baxter added.external-link

"Pat's training really well, we've not had any fitness issues with him so it looks like a good move.

"It's good that we got him down when we did and it's given us a bit of cover for a second injury, which we were hoping wouldn't happen."