Burns extends Gloucester stay

Date published: November 15 2016

Gloucester has confirmed that fly-half Billy Burns has agreed terms on a new deal, extending his current contract which was due to expire at the end of the current season.

Since his debut five seasons ago, the young playmaker has made over 50 appearances in the Cherry and White jersey, starting the first five Premiership games of the current season.

“Billy has all of the attributes that we are looking for in a fly-half, and he is growing with every opportunity that he is given,” Director of Rugby David Humphreys said.

“He has been developing his own game and reputation as a player in a high-pressured position and we are very pleased with his progress. We’ve made no secret of the fact that we’re trying to build a core group of talented English-qualified players and Billy fits the bill.”

Meanwhile, Burns admitted that it had been an easy decision to extend his stay at Kingsholm.

“I’ve been really happy with the way things have been going for me personally, and I’m confident that the club is moving in the right direction,” he said.

“I’ve been getting more game time this season and have been trying to put into practice the things that I’ve been learning from watching the likes of James Hook and working with Backs Coach Tim Taylor. I feel really at home here and am enjoying my rugby. I had no hesitation in signing and am now looking forward to the rest of the season.”