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 the local media this week, back row flanker Jacob Rowan said that he is excited for the challenge at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, and added that the players know the responsibility is theirs to deliver against the league leaders.
Ben Morgan was on media duty this week, and as Gloucester prepare for Sunday's trip to Wasps, the number eight is looking forward to see Gloucester go toe-to-toe with another of the Aviva Premiership's front runners.
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
After the disappointment of last weekend's performance at Leicester, Director of Rugby David Humphreys told GRTV that he expects a big response from Gloucester in Friday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Saracens (kick off 7:45pm).
Gloucester battled bravely against Wasps on Sunday, but it was a case of taking chances at the Ricoh Arena. Gloucester didn't make the most of theirs while Wasps did, and that proved to be the difference.
Gloucester were competitive for long periods at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon, but were left to rue a host of missed scoring opportunities throughout as Wasps hit back to earn a 35-22 Aviva Premiership win.
Gloucester's Ciaran Knight made his first start at tighthead prop, Henry Walker made his first appearance as a second half replacement and Alex Seville also featured as England U20s might it three from three in the U20s Six Nations with a 46-0 win over Italy in Darlington on Friday night.