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."
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Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).