Atkinson to stay on at Gloucester

Date published: December 7 2016

Gloucester confirmed that centre Mark Atkinson has agreed a new long-term contract to remain with the Cherry and Whites.

The deal will see the 26-year-old, who moved to Kingsholm in the summer of 2014, extend his stay at the club after agreeing terms on a new deal as Gloucester continue to fine tune their squad for the 2017-18 season after a spate of recent contract announcements.

Now in his third season at the club, the experienced midfielder has become a key part of the Gloucester back line. He made 23 and 20 competitive appearances in his first two seasons at the club and has already made 11 this season, scoring three tries.

Atkinson joined the club from Greene King IPA Championship outfit Bedford Blues after spending time with Wasps and Sale Sharks, and has now settled at Kingsholm.

Atkinson is thrilled to get his future sorted with over half of the season remaining.

“This has ended up to be a really easy decision for me, I’m really enjoying my time at the club and it is safe to say that I am very confident that we are building something, and I really want to be part of it,” Atkinson told the Gloucester website.

“It’s been great to get game time this season, and it’s nice to be more regularly part of the first team squad. I’m excited to get this run of games and really push on.”

David Humphreys has continued his hard work behind the scenes to continue to mould and develop his playing squad, and is delighted to reward Atkinson with a new deal after an impressive start to the campaign.

“Mark is someone who has been a stand out performer every time he takes to the field. He is a big character around the squad, and on the pitch he is an individual that can make something happen out of nothing.

“He has certainly developed his game since he arrived at the club, and now operates at a consistently high level. We are excited to see what Mark can contribute to the team cause moving forward.”