Burns extends Gloucester contract to 2014

Aviva Premiership Rugby Club have signed a new contract with fly-half Freddie Burns which will keep him at Kingsholm until the end of the 2013-4 season.

The 21 year old joined the Gloucester Rugby Academy from local rivals Bath and made his first team bow in a preseason friendly in August 2009 against his home town club in a game that was a joint testimonial for Andy Hazell and Lee Mears.

That autumn saw him start to feature more frequently for the first XV and he showed his versatility by appearing both at fly half and at full back.

A solid goal kicker, he also showed an aptitude for scoring important tries and that season finished on a high note as he represented England in the IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina.

2010-11 saw him continue his development and he increased both the number of times he played and the amount of points he scored from the season before.

And 2011-12 has seen him establish himself as the club’s first choice fly half as he has delivered a series of increasingly mature performances, which have helped him to recently earn selection for the England Saxons squad for the first time.

Talking to the club website having signed his new contract, Burns confessed that he’s delighted to sort his future out and that he’s still looking to develop his game.

“I’m very pleased to get it done and can now look forward to the rest of this season and the next two after that.

“I think I’m becoming more consistent in my own game and I’m starting to build key relationships with the other players.

“I’m happy with how I’ve been playing for the past few weeks and hopefully I can push on now and keep developing as a player in a Gloucester shirt and help the club to achieve bigger things.”

This time of year always sees plenty of transfer gossip and it doesn’t obviously escape the players but Burns stressed that loyalty is important to him.

“There’s always talk about other offers being out there and it’s flattering to hear that other clubs have got their eye on you but my heart’s with Gloucester and I always wanted to stay.

“I came here from the Bath Academy and Brush (Bryan Redpath) was the man who gave me my shot. I’m settled here, it’s a massive vote of confidence that Brushy and the board have placed in me and I intend to repay that faith.”

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