Gloucester have announced that 20-year-old back Henry Purdy has become the latest player to commit his future to the club.
Purdy, who was part of the England U20s squad that won the Junior World Championship in the summer, joined the Cherry and Whites during the summer from Leicester Tigers.
Initially catching the eye during the club’s Sevens exploits, he has since gone on to become a regular member of the first team matchday squad, featuring either at centre or on the left wing.
Accordingly, Gloucester’s director of rugby David Humphreys has moved quickly to extend the Oxford-born player’s stay with the club.
Purdy, who made his first team debut in September, has made nine appearances to date, scoring two tries in the process, and has impressed with his versatility and comfort on the domestic and European stage.
Speaking to the Gloucester’s official website this week, Purdy explained that the decision to extend his contract was a simple one.
“I’ve already said that I am thrilled with the chances I have been given, and the faith that the coaches have shown in me.
“To come off the back of an amazing summer with England U20s in New Zealand, to hit the ground running and be playing in the Gloucester first team has been amazing for me.
“I really feel like I am learning with every minute on the pitch.
“I am really happy with my progress, but I also know that I have to keep putting in the hard work to continue being part of the aspirations that we have as a squad.
“It’s been an amazing few months and I have to thank the Gloucester support for both their welcome and backing during my time at the club so far.”
David Humphreys also spoke highly of the impression Purdy has made, and the importance of having secured his future.
“Henry had a great summer in international colours, and has put down a real marker in both training and in the outings he has made for the club,” he said.
“For a 20-year-old to come into some highly intense and tough games, and perform the way that he has, is testament to his attitude and application.
“It is a great statement for us as a club to have secured the services of our Junior World Champions in Ross (Moriarty), Billy (Burns) and now Henry, and shows that we have a hugely bright future in the squad.
“These players are repaying the faith we are showing in them by stepping up to the mark when called upon.”