Ben Morgan excited for future as he signs new Gloucester contract
Bristol-born number eight becomes latest England international to extend Kingsholm stay
Ben Morgan believes the future is bright for Gloucester Rugby as he extends his contract at Kingsholm.
The 25-year-old England international number 8, who joined the club in 2012 after three seasons with the Scarlets, has been in superb form for the Cherry and Whites despite a disappointing start to the Aviva Premiership season.
Everyone knows how much Gloucester Rugby means to me and my family, so I’m delighted to be staying.
His personal form saw him play a part in England’s QBE International series in November, where he was named player of the season, and the Bristol-born forward follows fellow England internationals Jonny May and Matt Kvesic in committing his future to Gloucester.
A number of clubs, including Gloucester’s rivals Bath, were reportedly interested in securing Morgan’s services after the Rugby World Cup later this year, but the Dursley product was happy to stay.
“Having been away with England for a few weeks in the Autumn, it was great to come back to Gloucester and sign a new contract,” Morgan said.
“I’m really grateful to the club for the smooth way it’s been handled.
“Everyone knows how much Gloucester Rugby means to me and my family, so I’m delighted to be staying.
“I’m enjoying my rugby and being part of a talented group of players that are improving week by week.
“I genuinely believe that there is a bright future for the club, and look forward to being part of that.
“I can now focus on my game and playing my part in the club’s future. It’s very exciting.”
Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys insists Morgan’s decision is an important one for the club’s future with the player central to their plans to become title contenders.
“We’re absolutely delighted that Ben has signed a new contract with the club,” Humphreys said.
“He’s a key part of our plans going forward and it was very important to us to secure his services.
“He’s been in excellent form in recent months, both for club and country, and seems to be enjoying his rugby hugely.
“Most importantly though, he is happy with the direction that we’re heading in and with our ambitions for the club.
“He wants to be part of that going forward and we’re delighted that he’s on board.”