Ryan ties down young stars
By Ben Blackmore
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Olly Morgan and Mark Foster have signed new deals with Premiership side Gloucester.
Gloucester have secured the futures of two of their brightest young talents, after Olly Morgan and Mark Foster signed new contracts with the Kingsholm club.
Both players have broken into the Cherry-and-Whites' team this season, with Foster making a particularly exciting impression on the wing during his eight appearances so far.
The 22-year-old commented: "I was quite shocked that Dean [Ryan] wanted to sort something out so soon but it's fantastic for me and I really want to start putting down some roots at the club."
Meanwhile, Morgan has played the last four matches for Gloucester, making his mark with some attacking performances from full back.
"I am really happy with the way everything has been going for me so far this season," said the youngster.
"I think I have been playing pretty consistently in the last six or seven matches and it's nice to know I have a new two-year contract and some security.
"All I am thinking about now is the rest of the season and helping us qualify for the Heineken Cup next year and up the Premiership because that is where this team needs to be."
Club director Dean Ryan has made his intentions to nurture young talent clear, and the two-year deals accepted by Morgan and Foster represent the club's commitment to longterm success.
"These guys are the future of Gloucester Rugby," Ryan told the club website.
"We have recognised they represent the future of the club and we want them to be a part of it. They are young, exciting players who have started to prove themselves this season.
"It was vital the club took steps to ensure they remained at Gloucester and I am delighted everything as been concluded."