Signings boost for Redpath
Two-year deals for Qera, Burns, Sharples and Trinder
Last Updated: January 18, 2010 10:13am
Sharples: Leading try-scorer
Gloucester have been buoyed by news Fijian international Akapusi Qera and highly-rated youngsters Freddie Burns, Charlie Sharples and Henry Trinder have all agreed new deals.
Qera joined Gloucester from Pertemps Bees after the 2007 World Cup, with the 25-year-old flanker establishing himself as a firm favourite among the fans.
Qera has signed a two-year contract extension, with coach Bryan Redpath hoping he can build on his success.
"Q brings real dynamism to our back row. He gets around the park, he carries well and scores plenty of tries," said Qera.
"He works hard and he's still keen to learn and develop his game. He's settled in well here at Gloucester, is popular with the rest of the squad and he'll bring a lot to the side over the next couple of years."
Winger Sharples, centre Trinder and fly-half Burns have made big impressions at Kingsholm after coming through the academy set-up - with Sharples currently the club's leading try-scorer this season.
And Redpath is delighted the trio have now signed new contracts that will see them remain at the club until the end of the 2011-12 season.
"I'm really pleased to have sorted out these contracts," said Redpath.
"It's important that as a club we develop and retain the best young talent, and all three of them have so much potential to play a big part in Gloucester's future.
"Freddie has stepped in at fly-half this season and showed maturity beyond his years, Charlie can't stop scoring and Henry is a class act in the centre."
"They all have things to work on but they're all committed to improving their game and I hope they'll be a feature of Gloucester sides for many years to come."