Hooker Ben Phillips has joined Gloucester Rugby on a short term contract until the end of the year.
Phillips started the season with Birmingham & Solihull but has been training with Gloucester for the past couple of weeks and started the last two A League games.
With Olivier Azam currently serving a 12 week ban and Scott Lawson set for Autumn international duty with Scotland in the coming weeks, Gloucester's front row resources were looking stretched and Phillips has impressed in the short time he has been with the club confirmed Head Coach Bryan Redpath.
"It's not easy for any player to come in once the season is underway and make an impression but Ben has done well."
"He'll join us initially until Christmas which is when Olivier is set to return and we'll reassess the situation at that point."
Phillips himself admitted that he's looking to make the most of the next few weeks.
"It's been a strange season. It was a difficult situation at Birmingham & Solihull with the money issues and the chance to train with Gloucester came at the perfect time."
"I've enjoyed my time at the club to date. It's a fantastic set up and a great set of lads and I'm hoping to do myself justice over the next couple of months and see how it goes from there."
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.
In case you missed it, there was plenty of activity on the official Gloucester Rugby website following the 55-0 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over CA Brive, including a number of post match video interviews.
The Cherry and Whites ran in seven tries in beating CA Brive 55-0 on Thursday night. An emphatic second half performance saw the hosts run in five tries to get the European campaign off to a flying start.