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Exeter Chief Gary Willis has decided to retire from the game after 10 years at the club.

The 39-year-old flanker made 273 appearances during that time and scored 32 tries. He made his debut against Wakefield in April in 1998.

A recent shoulder injury has hastened Williss decision but the father-of-two was already close to hanging up his boots.

He said: Its the right time for me and I dont think I will miss it. I have done it for so long, a change will be good. I have played a lot of rugby and my body has had enough.

Willis started playing when he moved down to Torquay after leaving the Grenadier Guards. A combination of his fitness and a decision by Bruce Priday to put him in the back-row fast-tracked Williss career to the heady heights of Bristol but the journey proved too much and Exeter benefited from his decision to stay close to home.

Willis added: Exeter have really looked after me and thats why I have been here so long.

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Pete Drewett said: Gary has had a phenomenal influence on the club for many years and its been a privilege to work with him. He has set a very high standard of professionalism at the club for our younger players to aim to emulate.

Exeter supporters can read more about Williss career in this weekends match day programme for the last home game of the season against Coventry.

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