GLOUCESTER Rugby have completed a revised contract with Hartpury College prop Jack Forster.
Originally on a one-year deal that expired next summer, head coach Dean Ryan has moved quickly to secure the services of the 18-year-old tighthead until June 2007 following a series of impressive displays in the Guinness A League.
Forster is in his first year of an Agriculture and Land Management degree at Hartpury after switching from Sale. He has already represented England at Under-16 and 18 level and is now a member of the Junior National Academy.
"We have already seen enough potential to know we want him around in the future," Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. "It was an opportunity for us to show confidence in him and now he has a great foundation from which to learn over the next two years."
Forster produced a rounded contribution during Gloucester's victory over Bristol on Monday night - scrummaging well, carrying possession and tackling effectively - to delight Ryan and Academy coach Carl Douglas.
And Forster added: "Obviously to get a contract was something I really wanted to do and to have done it so soon is fantastic. I just wanted to make an impact and to show people what I could do - in my rugby and my college course.
"I have got tremendous people to learn from like Phil Vickery and one-on-one sessions with Patrice Collazo and everything is going well for me at the club and the college."
Speaking to the local media this week, back row flanker Jacob Rowan said that he is excited for the challenge at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, and added that the players know the responsibility is theirs to deliver against the league leaders.
Ben Morgan was on media duty this week, and as Gloucester prepare for Sunday's trip to Wasps, the number eight is looking forward to see Gloucester go toe-to-toe with another of the Aviva Premiership's front runners.
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
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