GLOUCESTER'S England full-back Olly Morgan has become the latest high profile name to commit his long-term future to the current Guinness Premiership league leaders.
Morgan has pledged his future to Kingsholm until 2010 - signing a new two-year contract extension with Dean Ryan's side. The former Millfield School pupil joined Gloucester in 2004 and has since made 47 appearances in all competitions with 10 tries.
The 22-year-old, who has two England caps, believes he is in the perfect position to challenge for major honours with Gloucester and also press his international ambitions and hopes to be back in action in March following a shoulder injury.
"Like a lot of the other young players at the club, Gloucester is the only professional environment I have ever known and I just wouldn't want to be anywhere else," he said.
"We truly believe we are building something special with this group of players - a place in Gloucester's history that will hopefully be remembered for a long time and I want to play my part in that.
"There are so many fantastic players in the squad that it stretches and tests your abilities every day. That is a tremendous strength of the club and will hopefully not only make me a better player but others too.
"The coaches have a clear vision about what they want for the club in the long-term and that is why I had no hesitation in signing."
Renowned for his bravery, expertise under the high ball and ability to break from deep Morgan is one of the finest young players in the country and had he not injured his shoulder on England duty against Ireland last season, may well have already added to his cap tally.
He has shared the full-back duties this year with Iain Balshaw and has so far made eight appearances, including three tries.
"Olly has proved since he broke into the senior squad that he has what it takes to become a top-class full-back," said head coach Dean Ryan. "He is another player we wanted to retain very much because he represents the future of Gloucester and the England game in general.
"He is brave, committed and improving all the time in a group of young players who are really starting to mature. It is great for him and great for the club the deal has been concluded as quickly as it has been.
"I have said before we are making it our business to re-sign these guys and I am delighted it has been completed."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.