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."
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Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).