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."
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.