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Gloucester seal McMillan move

By Simon Dilger.   Last Updated: 02/06/06 1:10pm

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Gloucester have emerged victorious in the scramble to sign the highly rated England Under 19 hooker Ross McMillan.

McMillan, who scored the winning try for England Under 18s in the AER final against France last season, has joined the Premiership club on a two-year deal following a chase for his signature by a number of other top-flight clubs.

Head coach Dean Ryan said that signing the 19-year-old forward, who will link up with his England front row colleague Jack Forster at the club,was the continuation of a policy started last season to bring some of the nations most talented youngsters to Kingsholm..

He said: "These players have shown they are the future of the club and I'm delighted Ross wants to be part of that.

"There were other clubs out there who were also keen to sign him but I think it shows what we want to achieve and how we want to achieve it that Ross chose to join Gloucester."

McMillan, who celebrated his birthday on Friday, is currently studying for a degree in PE and Youth Sport at Sheffield Hallam University but is now looking to defer his studies to follow a career at Gloucester.

‚Ç£It's a huge move for me on and off the field,‚Ç¥ McMillan told the Gloucester website.

 ‚Ç£It will be the first time I will have been involved in a fully professional club and it is something I am massively looking forward to.

‚Ç£I had quite a few offers from other clubs, both in the Premiership and National One, but my decision was swayed because I know how Gloucester have developed their youngsters in the last few months and I want to play a part in that too.

‚Ç£Although I am coming to learn from hugely experienced players like Mefin Davies and Olivier Azam, I want to continue my development and hopefully make an impact - I think this move has come at just the right time for me.

‚Ç£I know Jack Forster very well and we have spent a long time on the phone talking about Gloucester and it will be great to hopefully play alongside him.‚Ç¥




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