Gloucester Rugby have retained the services of one of their brightest young talents with the news that back row forward Lewis Ludlow has signed a senior contract with the club.
The 21 year old back row forward is a product of the Gloucester Rugby Academy having come to study at Hartpury College. He quickly became a key part of the Hartpury side and caught the eye of the England selectors, touring South Africa with the U18s in 2013.
Lewis then featured in the Aviva Premiership A League for Gloucester United in the early stages of 2013-14 and was named in the England U20s Six Nations squad.
He made his first team debut in the friendly against Japan and made his first competitive appearances in the LV= Cup, unfortunately suffering a knee injury at the Scarlets which caused him to miss the Junior World Championship that summer.
His rugby education was enhanced by a dual registration spell with Hartpury RFC as well as a stint in the Championship with London Scottish. He made his first Premiership start away at Bath in May 2015.
However, 2015-16 has been his breakthrough season at first level as he started the Premiership opener at Newcastle as well as three of the club's first four European games and also turned out against a star-studded Barbarians side in November.
It's this progress as well as his undoubted potential which have resulted in him being offered his first senior contract which, understandably, he's delighted about as he told the club website.
"I couldn't be happier. I've worked hard to get to this stage, but I'm also conscious that I've still got an awful lot of work ahead of me to establish myself as a first team regular.
"The relationship with Hartpury has been really beneficial to my career, firstly playing for the College and then the senior side but being able to train with Gloucester at the same time.
"I've worked with some terrific coaches and the Gloucester back row is such an area of strength that I've been able to learn from so many great players.
"I'm really excited about the future, Gloucester is a great club to be at and I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds in store for the club and myself."