Gloucester Rugby have announced that head coach George Skivington has signed a new long-term contract with the Gallagher Premiership club.
The 39-year-old has been with the Cherry and Whites since the summer of 2020 as the club finished at 11th place on his first season as coach. Nevertheless, Gloucester are at fifth place in the ongoing season and are in contention for a play-off spot as they face Saracens in the final round on 4th June at Kingsholm.
“I’m massively grateful to the Club for giving me this contract. The Club did take a punt on me. There were higher profile coaches that they could have gone for which would have been the easy option in terms of people’s perceptions," he told the club's official website.
“My ambition is to prove them right and show them that they’ve hired the right guy and I’ll continue to do that. We want to be a successful club year after year.”
Having made over 200 appearances for Wasps, Leicester and London Irish combined between 2003 and 2016, Skivington made his coaching debut with London Irish as a forward coach and also had worked with Samoa as an assistant coach.
Despite a tough first season, Skivington believes the club has a promising future with a lot of young talents.
“What we’ve done over the last couple of years is lay really good foundations. We’ve grown the way we play and the culture so that everyone knows what’s expected of them day to day.
“There’s huge untapped potential and that’s massively exciting.”