Gloucester Rugby's head coach Dean Ryan was in determined mood as week two of pre-season progressed and the Club announced a new second-row signing, as well as two contract renewals.
The Kingsholm club has signed South African second row forward Quinton Davids, as well as renewing contracts with Mark Cornwell (second row) and James Bailey (wing).
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk about Davids signing, Ryan said: "Quinton is an influential signing. We wanted someone to work alongside our existing locks, and by that we mean being different types of players.
"Quinton is the opposite kind of second row to Alex Brown, and alongside the other guys in that position in the squad, they complement each other. We now have more options throughout the season, for different times of the year and for different games."
Davids has signed a one-year contract with the option to extend for both parties for two more years.
"One of the key issues about signing Quinton is that he was prepared to prove himself. There's a longer-term deal on the table for him if he can show what he's worth. We want people to be driven by performance, and I'm delighted that he's got that attitude," added Ryan.
In addition to Davids, Club stalwart Mark Cornwell has signed a new one-year contract, and Ryan said: "Mark Cornwell's new contract is a significant one. He gives us options, and our second row options are now complete with Quinton Davids, Alex Brown, Adam Eustace, Jonathan Pendlebury and Mark Cornwell. We saw that area as something we wanted to build on, and we've done that."
Joining the two second row players is young wing James Bailey. The 21 year-old England sevens international has also signed a new one-year contract.
Commenting on Bailey, Ryan said: "We felt that his performances in the last few weeks of the season deserved the contract. He's certainly worth another 12 months of development and investment. With Bryan coming in there will be some new ideas and views and that offers James an opportunity to continue going forward."
Looking ahead to the make-up of the first team squad Ryan said: "We're not drawing a line under any more new players, but as we've said before we were always going to be restricted in terms of timings and the windows of opportunity that you have to work within.
"If there are opportunities over the next 12 months, then we'll look at them, but we won't be shipping players in and out. That's an important fact to state. Player recruitment is about enhancing what you have.
"I don't believe that we had the ability to change players around last season, whether it was through injury or form. We're aware we've still got work to do and developments to make, but we're moving forward towards our target."
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.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).