Mumm: Chiefs want top four
Dean Mumm is confident that Exeter can challenge for a top-four place in the Aviva Premiership this season.
The Chiefs have enjoyed three solid seasons in the top flight and finishes of fifth and sixth over the last two campaigns have earned them a place in the Heineken Cup.
Their form at Sandy Park has been particularly impressive, and club captain Mumm believes an improvement away from home will enable them to breach the top four.
"I think the natural progression is now to look at top four," said Mumm, who will take over as captain from Tom Hayes this season.
"We are a side that is very ambitious in its outlook and we certainly want to be in that upper echelon of Premiership Rugby.
"Saying that, I don't think we see that as a particularly short-term goal. You've got to be very established to do that year after year. For Exeter it's about laying the right foundations so we can tackle that.
"The focus is having a much more balanced and more consistent approach. Unfortunately last season we went through a period where we lost maybe five games on the trot - the top four sides don't do that.
"I think the real challenge for us is to pick up points consistently. We've had a good record at home but the challenge is to win a few more away games.
"We need to be more consistent in our performances and pick up points across the whole season. The last couple of years we finished really strongly when things start to get drier and conditions suit a more attacking game.
"You look at the quality of the players in the Aviva Premiership and it continues to get even better. The perception is that it's not a super attacking competition, but the reality is it is.
"I think most teams are scoring 15-20 points each week and that's a good sign of a very competitive and attacking style.
"We like to see ourselves as an attacking team and I think the challenge for us is to be defensively solid and a team that is as dominant as the top level teams."