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Exeter Chiefs prop Dan Parkes has revealed that he is hoping to sponsor fellow front-rower John Andress for the 2008/09 season.

For the first time this summer, Chiefs opened out player sponsorship to a secret online auction in reaction to a request from supporters interested in backing their favourite players for the new season.

Player sponsorship had traditionally been the domain of local companies and this season has again seen businesses supporting their chosen players with James Townsend & Sons, OJ Williams, The Walkabout, Cobalt Computer Solutions, Hookways, Charles Stanley Stockbrokers and Radmore & Tucker once again leading the way.

Parkes has weighed in with the highest bid for the young Irishman, who will be playing in his first match against Bristol Rugby this weekend since recovering from a broken leg.

Parkes said: I kind of like the idea of my name being read out over the PA every time John scores a try! I am also going to book him as our babysitter as his two player appearances that I get in my deal. I think it will be money well spent.

If successful, the former Royal Navy prop will have his name displayed next to Andresss statistics on the player profile pages in both the match day programme and on the clubs website, as well as on the framed photo that will be displayed at Sandy Park Stadium. Parkes will also receive a shirt at a sponsors evening.

However, there are still two days left for Parkess bid to beaten in the auction. Supporters and businesses can bid for their players by logging onto the Chiefs website at and clicking onto the Player Sponsorship link on the home page. The auction finishes at 4pm on Friday, August 15.

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