FORWARDS Tom Johnson and Damian Welch, both 31, have signed new contracts with Exeter Chiefs.

England flanker Johnson has put pen to paper on a deal to run until 2017, while lock Welch has extended his stay by two years.

Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter said: "We're delighted to have TJ and Damian on board for the foreseeable future.

"Both are senior members of the squad and very important players in terms of the first team."