Narraway extends stay
England star Luke Narraway has commited his future to Gloucester by signing a deal which will keep him at the club until June 2012.
By James Mason
Last Updated: 25/01/10 3:17pm
England international Luke Narraway has signed a two-year contract extension with Gloucester, keeping the number eight at Kingsholm until June 2012.
The 26-year-old, who was formerly in the Gloucester academy, has made over 100 appearances for the club since his debut in 2003 against Leeds.
From making his international debut against Wales in the 2008 Six Nations Championship, he has quickly become one of the leading back-row forwards for the country, after producing a series of excellent displays on the previous summer tour of New Zealand.
Narraway's performances for both club and country caused some interest to be shown in him from other clubs however, he decided to extend his stay at Gloucester.
And Narraway admitted that the decision to commit to the club was not a difficult one at all.
He said: "The spirit in the squad is probably the best I've known since I've been at Gloucester, and the results over the last few weeks show that we're moving in the right direction.
"Gloucester is a very special place to play rugby - the stadium, the supporters, training facilities and off-field se-up; it's the whole package."
Head coach Bryan Redpath is delighted that Narraway has decided to extent his contract and admits he is a key player for the club.
He says: "We're very pleased that Luke has committed to Gloucester as, on his day, he is one of the best number eights in the game.
"Luke's played all his rugby here and understands what it takes to be a Gloucester player. His challenge now is to continue to develop his game and deliver consistency so he can achieve his club and international ambitions, and we'll work hard to help him achieve this."