Upon his return, Sharples quickly set about the task of building upon the brief first team experience he had enjoyed up to that point.
Despite the presence of international wingers like James Simpson-Daniel, Lesley Vainikolo and Tom Voyce in the squad, he went on to make 26 competitive appearances and scored ten tries.
Having made such a breakthrough this season, the 20 year old is determined that he won't fall prey to any 'sophomore slump'.
"Definitely. But, as a player, I think I've got more to give. This season has been my first full season as a member of the first team squad and things might be harder next season.
"You could argue that people might try and work me out but every club does so much analysis nowadays and every game is filmed so weaknesses are picked up on pretty quickly.
"I think I've still got more to offer. I know that there are aspects of my game that I need to improve and I'm working hard on those.
"For example, a lot of my tries have involved getting on the end of things and finishing moves off. I'd like to create a lot more opportunities.
"So, hopefully, I'll keep on developing and be able to make even more of a contribution."
Looking ahead to the new season, Sharples finished by emphasising the desire within the squad to improve on this season's achievements:
"We want to be playing in the big games and be known as one of the best teams in the country if not Europe.
"There's a lot of passion in the squad and desire to get us up there. I love being part of this team and feel a huge amount of pride when I pull on the Gloucester shirt and run out and play at Kingsholm.
'I love playing for Gloucester and I know that's the case with a lot of the other boys. Our challenge now is to turn that passion and pride into winning performances. There won't be any lack of effort."