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."
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.