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."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.