Gloucester have announced that they have signed academy back rower Lewis Ludlow to a senior contract.
The 21 year old is a product of the Gloucester Rugby Academy having studied at Hartpury College. Whilst playing for Hartpury, Ludlow was selected to tour South Africa with the England U18s in 2013 before making his debut in the Aviva Premiership A League for Gloucester United that same year.
He debutised for Gloucester in the friendly against a Japan XV in November 2013 and made his first competitive appearances in the LV= Cup, unfortunately suffering a knee injury against the Scarlets which caused him to miss the Junior World Championship that summer.
For the 2014-15 season, Ludlow was dual registered with Hartpury RFC and he also spent time in the Championship with London Scottish. He made his first Premiership start away at Bath in May 2015.
However 2015-16 has so far been Ludlow's breakthrough season at the highest level, with the flanker-cum-number 8 starting the Premiership opener at Newcastle as well as three of the club's first four European games and also turning out against the star-studded invitational 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.”