Key man Joe Simmonds Best signing Julian Salvi (defence coach) Rising star Alfie Petch
Best-case scenario Only recapturing the title they surrendered to Saracens will feel satisfactory domestically. A Champions Cup pool containing Castres, Gloucester and Munster seems more sympathetic than last season’s, so the quarter-final stage – at least – will be another aim.
Worst-case scenario If defences stunt Exeter’s relentless phase-play, the Chiefs could be in for more European disappointment. CM
Ins Alex Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues)
Outs Will Chudley (Bath Rugby), Harrison Cully (Brixham RFC), Ed Holmes (Bristol Bears), Kai Horstmann (retired), Shaun Malton (Bristol Bears), Carl Rimmer (retired), Julian Salvi (retired), Lachlan Turner (retired), Thomas Waldrom (Wellington Lions)
Great expectations: Exeter hope Joe Simmonds can inspire