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Exeter spark panic among fans with misleading Henry Slade announcement

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Published Time: 16.05.2024 - 20:40:32 Modified Time: 16.05.2024 - 20:40:32

Chiefs fans were unimpressed with the way Slade’s contract extension was confirmed by the club Getty Images /Patrick Khachfe Exeter Chiefs left supporters panicking over the future of England centre Henry Slade after posting an ambiguous video that was branded “pathetic” on the club’s social media regarding his contract extension

Chiefs fans were unimpressed with the way Slade’s contract extension was confirmed by the club

: Getty Images /Patrick Khachfe

Exeter Chiefs left supporters panicking over the future of England centre Henry Slade after posting an ambiguous video that was branded “pathetic” on the club’s social media regarding his contract extension.

The initial video, which showed Slade writing a letter, included the caption ‘Thank you Henry’, leaving it unclear whether Slade was either departing or staying at the club he has played for since 2012.

It was predominantly met with a negative reaction from supporters, with comments beneath the post ranging from confused – “This video is weirdly ambiguous”, “What does this mean???” – to outraged.

“I love you @‌ExeterChiefs but you do regularly try my patience with your woeful comms to loyal supporters. This is not at all ‘clever’ and may just be the worst of the bunch….in a crowded field!” said one supporter. Another added: “Chiefs social media is pathetic”.

Thank you Henry. pic.twitter/F0qUXwwRkx

Telegraph Sport revealed back in February that Slade had opted to extend his time with the club, partly because of his return to the England side during the Six Nations after not being selected for the Rugby World Cup.

A second video posted by Exeter an hour later was captioned ‘Wait, you didn’t think he was seriously leaving did you?’ accompanied by a winking emoji, with Slade confirming that he was excited to be part of the journey with a young Exeter squad who have surpassed expectations this year.

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