After an historic and memorable year on the pitch for Exeter Chiefs, Supporters have voted Captain Joe Simmonds as their Player of the 2019/20 season.
In a year when the Chiefs secured both the Premiership and European Champions Cup crowns, there were many worthy candidates for this annual award. But after almost two thousand votes were cast, Joe was a clear winner. His cool head, and almost flawless goal kicking were constant features of his season.
23-year-old Joe captained his side to their maiden Heineken Champions Cup, beating Racing 92 by 31-27 at Ashton Gate, in what has been hailed as one of the greatest European finals in recent memory. Joe won the Heineken Star of the Match after a commanding display.
Just a week later, Joe led the Chiefs to their second Premiership title at Twickenham, beating Wasps 19-13.
In recent years, there have been some notable names that have collected the Supporters’ accolade, including Dean Mumm, Thomas Waldrom, Don Armand, Olly Woodburn, Sam Simmonds and Santiago Cordero. Joe Simmonds is a very worthy name to add to that list.
In making the Award, Exeter Chiefs Supporters’ Club Chairman, Richard Cresswell, congratulated all the Chiefs players, coaches and support staff on their tremendous achievement in winning both the European Champions Cup and the Premiership title. He also thanked Tony Rowe and the whole Exeter Rugby Club Board of Directors for the very significant work they are doing to keep the Club running so effectively during very difficult times.