Summer signing Ryan Caldwell says he wants to build on an encouraging start to life at Exeter Chiefs when he features in Friday night’s pre-season friendly against Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium.
The 29-year-old forward was one of eight new recruits brought to Sandy Park by head coach Rob Baxter during the close season – and he got his first taste of action at his new club when he featured in the second half of the 24-17 win at Cardiff Blues.
Caldwell returns to his Belfast birthplace aiming to sink his former club as he starts in a powerful Exeter pack for their latest pre-season work-out.
The Irish international spent six years at Ravenhill before making the switch across the Irish Sea to Bath in 2011 – and subsequently onto Devon this summer as part of the Chiefs make-up for the 2014/15 season.
“Ulster will be a tough game away from home, they’ve got a lot of good players there and over the last few years they’ve been a really good squad,” he said.
“It’s a good place for us to go and see where we’re at away from home.
“Personally, I’m definitely excited about going back and excited about getting my first start for the Chiefs as well, which is more important.
Caldwell admitted he was impressed by the form shown by the Chiefs against the Blues, but he says it’s vital they continue to build with the new Aviva Premiership season just weeks away.
“All the stuff we’ve been working on over pre-season went pretty well last week for a first hit-out and we’re looking to build on that this week,” he said.
“There have been a few things we’ve said won’t work and a couple of things we’ll keep in the bag for the first round against London Welsh.”