Gloucester have announced that Academy scrum-half Ben Vellacott has put pen to paper on his first senior contract with the Kingsholm club.
Vellacott was a first-half replacement for club captain Greig Laidlaw in the Premiership win over Worcester at the start of the month, and his fine form and development to date has been rewarded with a senior deal.
The highly-rated former Scotland U20 international has shone this season, and David Humphreys has secured the long-term services of the diminutive half-back who possesses a dangerous turn of pace and who has racked up the tries in his appearances on loan this season.
The 21-year-old has been a key part of the Gloucester Academy for a number of seasons, appearing for the United side in the Premiership A League as well as the Premiership Rugby 7s.
Vellacott is the latest player to earn a senior contract with the first team after impressing in the Academy, following in the footsteps of Lewis Ludlow, Dan Thomas, Henry Purdy and Ollie Thorley in recent years to name but a few.
He spoke to the club website about the new deal, and is looking forward to a bright future.
“Delighted to have made my debut a few weeks ago, it is something that I’ve always wanted to do, and to do it for Gloucester was an honour,” he said.
“I’m absolutely thrilled to have signed my first professional contract. I’ve come through the ranks over the last few years, and to now get that vote of confidence from the club, gives me the confidence to go out and do what I do best on the pitch.
“Greig, Willi and Callum are great scrum halves, and being able to work with them every day is something I will always make the most of. And, as the year goes on I will be excited to learn off them all and work alongside Willi and Callum next season too.”