GLOUCESTER RUGBY'S rising stars Charlie Sharples and Dan Norton have signed one-year contracts with the club for the 2008-2009 season.
The exciting pair have been on loan at Moseley this season and 19-year-old Sharples has already made two Guinness Premiership appearances following his debut against London Irish last month.
"I'm really excited to be joining the club on a full-time basis - this is what I have been working towards since I started playing rugby - and to have the opportunity to play for Gloucester is fantastic," he told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"We have an amazing group of players and just to be a part of the squad is great. But my job has only just started and I am sure working with the calibre of coaches Gloucester have means I can only get better in the future."
Norton also made his Guinness Premiership debut off the bench against London Irish and is Moseley top try scorer with eight tries in 16 appearances. He represented England Under-18s last season and has been a key member of Gloucester's A League side. He was also a member of England's Grand Slam winning squad this season.
Gloucester Academy manager Mark Cornwell, added: "Our development scheme with the Academy set-up alongside that of Moseley is hugely important in the progression of players we believe can be a success at senior level.
"Our aim is to continue to identify and improve the best young players and both Charlie and Dan fit into that category. They have all the credentials to become a very good players with Gloucester."
Gloucester's head coach Dean Ryan said: "Charlie and Dan are up and coming players who have the ability to become successful for Gloucester in the future at Guinness Premiership level. They have already experienced top-flight rugby and that is fantastic for them.
"We have made it our business to attract and sign some of the best young players in the country and Charlie and Dan fit into that bracket."
Sharples scored a hat-trick in the Daily Mail final when playing for St Peter's and in 11 appearances for Moseley this season has scored four tries. Norton has also represented England's second string sevens squad.
"We're always looking for young players who we think can develop and this is the next development in that process," Ryan added.
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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.
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