Salary cap the key to Lawday exit - Baxter
Boss Rob Baxter said the salary cap was the main reason behind Tom Lawday agreeing to leave Exeter for Harlequins this summer.
It was confirmed on Thursday that the 25-year-old back-row would be moving to their Premiership rivals at the end of the season off the back of the news that Santiago Cordero will also be departing in the summer.
But with the Chiefs agreeing a deal to bring in Scotland international Stuart Hogg after the World Cup this autumn and having the likes of Alex Cuthbert and Dave Dennis in the squad, Baxter insisted players had to leave in order to remain within the £7million wages ceiling.
"You just can't keep everybody, it's just not possible," he told the BBC
"The days of every player who wanted to stay stays at Exeter - they're gone when you talk about salary caps and successful teams."
"It's a tough scenario but one you've got to get the balance of," Baxter added.
"Would I have liked Tom to stay? Of course I would, he's come through and played some important games for us.
"Is it possible for him to stay and Dave Dennis to stay and Stuart Hogg to come in and to have Henry Slade, Jack Nowell, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Sam Skinner, Jonny Hill, Matt Kvesic, Nic White, and Ollie Devoto to be here? At some stage you've got to make decisions and that's where we are."
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