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."
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.