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."
Skipper for the day Aled Thomas praised his Gloucester team mates, especially the younger ones, for the way they took on a tough Ospreys outfit and emerged victorious in the LV= Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Gloucester will field a reshuffled side against the Ospreys in the LV= Cup this weekend, but Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe stressed that it's a great opportunity for everyone on duty on Saturday and that maintaining the recent winning run is very important.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester Rugby and the Ospreys shared seven tries and 57 points in the LV= Cup at Kingsholm on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites came out on top and the club photographer captured the best of the action.