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."
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.