ALEX BROWN has followed in the footsteps on Andy Hazell by agreeing a three-year contract extension that will keep him at Gloucester Rugby until 2011.
The brilliant second row forward, one of the standout performers in Gloucester's march to Twickenham last season, has been a Kingsholm regular since his switch from Bristol four seasons ago.
In that time Brown has racked up 105 Gloucester appearances in all competitions that has marked him down as one of the most consistent, dependable and complete performers in the Premiership.
The 28-year-old - who has three England caps to his name following appearances during the summer tour to South Africa - is approaching his prime and spoke of his delight at securing his future.
"There are many things I would like to achieve in the game and I want to achieve them with Gloucester," Brown told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"We are a young and developing squad with plenty of ability and I want to play my part as we build a successful team, not just domestically but in Europe too. Every competition is getting tougher by the season but last year's experience has only made us more determined to challenge for top honours every year.
"I have known Dean Ryan for many years, his vision for the club and understanding of how he wants to achieve it means I am in the right place to realise my goals. Being able to stay at such a great club is tremendous for me.
"I am really pleased everything has been concluded and now we can focus on making a solid start in the Premiership."
The conclusion of Brown's deal follows hot on the heels of Andy Hazell, who also agreed a new three-year extension last week.
Brown is key to Gloucester's strategic line-out operation and head coach Dean Ryan added: "I have had the luxury of working with Alex for a number of years and he is quite simply a phenomenally durable and talented player.
"He has developed massively since joining Gloucester four years ago, not only is he a terrific athlete but as a tactician and organiser there are very few that can match his all-round qualities.
"Alex is the sort of individual you can build a team round in the future - we want Gloucester to be a stable environment to generate success and this signing shows that."
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.