Jack Adams has signed a new one-year deal at Gloucester
JACK ADAMS, one of the most exciting prospects at Gloucester Rugby, has completed a new one-year contract extension at Kingsholm.
The 19-year-old centre, currently out of action with cruciate ligament damage, has secured a new deal that will keep him at his home-town club until 2007.
He began the season with a major flourish and was regarded in the same breath as England Under-21 centre Anthony Allen before his injury in a Guinness A team game against Saracens after he made his Premeirship debut as a replacement in the 21-18 win over Sale Sharks.
"To get another year is a really nice feeling," Adams told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "Gloucester is my home club and I definitely wanted to stay. I grew up in the city, went to school locally and I never wanted to leave.
"I managed to play two or three games for the first team before the injury and felt I didn't blow my chance.
"It was really unfortunate to get the injury when I did but I am now able to run off-line and the next step will be to get involved in a skills session.
"At the moment it's going a lot better than I expected it to but it can be a very lonely existence up in that top gym at Hartpury.
"But I am just thrilled to have some security which means I can look to the future - I am just really pleased I can stay at Gloucester."
Gloucester's head coach Dean Ryan added: "He is a young player with a very bright future and he has worked particularly hard since his injury.
"We have recognised that and want him to be part of Gloucester's future going forward. He showed a glimpse of what he was capable of at the start of the year and we want to see that again.
"Jack is someone we have high hopes for and I am delighted for him that he will be staying at the club."
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees praised his side's character after their comeback win against Bristol on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites overcame a 6-0 half time deficit to eventually win the game 26-18 and secure a bonus point victory.
Looking to try a new sport? Look no further than Walking Rugby as thanks to Gloucester Rugby you can come along and try out the fast-growing sport at taster sessions across the county, starting this Wednesday.
Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.