GLOUCESTER'S head coach Dean Ryan has backed young centre Jack Adams to continue his development following his crucial try-scoring cameo against Bath on Saturday.
The former St Peter's schoolboy, who will be 20 later this month, was a second half replacement for the injured Iain Balshaw in the west country derby and responded with a dazzling individual score that set Gloucester on their way to a 24-19 victory.
It was a sweet return for Adams, who missed virtually all of last season with serious ligament damage to his knee on A team duty against Saracens.
But Ryan is convinced Adams, who replaced Balshaw on the wing, is capable of joining fellow youngsters Anthony Allen, Olly Morgan and Ryan Lamb in playing a key role for the club this season.
"We have always been aware that Jack has incredible talent but we have to be patient with him because he suffered a horrendous injury last season," Ryan said.
"We must give him great credit because he has worked exceptionally hard to get back to fitness and to see him return like he did at the weekend was fantastic.
"There is a long way to because he has been out of the game for a long time but before his injury we saw glimpses of his ability and there is certainly more to come.
"At this stage he will not be rushed but he has been a great credit to the club and Saturday's performance will have given his confidence a huge boost."
Meanwhile, Gloucester will monitor the fitness of Balshaw in the coming days after he sustained an ankle injury on Saturday. He will undergo a scan tomorrow but the injury is not thought to be serious.
Gloucester travel to Oyonnax for the second round of the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday evening, and Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a big test from the French side, feeling that their league position doesn't reflect their recent performances.
Speaking exclusively to Gloucester Rugby TV, Matt Kvesic explained that his decision to extend his contract at Kingsholm was a simple one and that he was hugely excited for the future in Cherry and White.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.