Gloucester have announced that England wing Jonny May has become the latest member of the squad to sign a new contract.
Gloucester have announced that England international wing Jonny May has become the latest member of the squad to sign a new contract with the club.
The news that May has agreed terms upon a new-long term contract to remain at Kingsholm is another huge boost for the club ahead of their trip to Oyonnax this weekend.
He is the second player to sign a new contract this week following in the footsteps of Matt Kvesic, and his commitment is another powerful endorsement of Gloucester’s ambitions going forward.
The 24-year-old has spent his entire playing career to date with Gloucester, having graduated from the club’s Academy to make his first team debut in the 2009-10 season.
Now closing in on 100 competitive appearances for the club, he boasts an impressive try scoring ratio of 45 tries from 94 outings.
A former England U20 international, he won his first senior cap in Argentina in the summer of 2013 and now has 7 caps to his name. He was named this week as part of the latest England Elite Player Squad.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the club website that May’s signing is another significant development for Gloucester Rugby.
“Jonny is another one of our brightest young talents, the sort of player that we are looking to build our team around over the next few seasons,” he said.
“The last couple of years have, understandably given his form and international recognition, seen his profile rise considerably so we’re delighted that he sees Gloucester as the right place to continue to develop his career.
“It’s been a good week for us, with firstly Matt and now Jonny agreeing terms. They can see where we want to take the club and it’s great to have them on board.”
Meanwhile, May admitted that he was more than happy to put pen to paper so early.
“I’m absolutely delighted. It’s the club I’ve grown up with, it’s my home and I’ve got great friends here. I love playing for Gloucester.
“I’m really happy with how things are looking here, we’ve got some great players and look like retaining a core group going forward. All our new coaches have been really impressive and, for me, it’s a great place to be at the moment. We look like a team for the future, we’re building all the time.
“I couldn’t wait to put pen to paper, it was a simple decision. I was out of contract at the end of season but, looking at how things are shaping up with the new coaches and players, I couldn’t be happier.”
His new contract will take him into his mid twenties, and he’s already had a taste of skippering the Gloucester side in the Premiership Rugby 7s Series. He admits that it’s something he’d like to experience again.
“This contract will see me coming into what would be considered as my prime as a rugby player. I’m nearly at 100 appearances, which would make me proud for someone of my age.
“I really enjoyed the Sevens captaincy. Captaining a Gloucester side was a proud moment and something I’d like to do again. And, with an Olympics around the corner, if the opportunity ever arose to widen my experiences in that area, it’s something I’d be interested in.”