LUKE NARRAWAY, Gloucester's impressive young number eight, has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Kingsholm until June 2008.
The 23-year-old has made 44 appearances in all competitions since his Premiership debut against Leeds in 2003 and this season he made 18 appearances, scoring two tries. The former England Under-21 and Sevens international is most at home at number eight but can also feature on the flank.
"Luke is already a very good athlete, is versatile and offers plenty of options for us in the back row," said head coach Dean Ryan. "This season he will have learnt a lot following his exposure in the Heineken Cup and Guinness Premiership and we want him to build on it next season.
"We are really pleased with the way the squad has taken shape over the last few months - I firmly believe it will benefit greatly from the last year it has had together and Luke will play an important part in that."
Narraway, who went to school at King's Worcester, added: "We are building something special at this club and I just want the chance to play a part in what Dean Ryan and the rest of the squad are trying to achieve.
"By finishing top of the Guinness Premiership this season we showed we have the quality, durability and desire to consistently challenge for titles.
"The recruitment that has already taken place shows exactly where the club aims to be in the future and I think everyone associated is feeling really positive about next season."
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.