Hobson signs with Bristol for three more years

Bristol Rugby have secured the long term services of tight head prop Jason Hobson who has signed a three extension to his current contract which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2010-11 season.

Having started his rugby education with Wadebridge Camels down in Cornwall, Hobson is anindividual with strong West Country connections which is exactly the type of player that the club is looking to build its future around.

A former England U21 international, Hobson initially joined Bristol in the summer of 2003 from Exeter Chiefs and made an immediate impression at the Memorial Stadium before his progress was disrupted by knee and shoulder injuries.

A managed rehabilitation programme and a couple of loan spells have seen him return to full fitness and this season he has been well and truly making his mark including starting the club’s two Heineken Cup games so far this season.

Still aged only 24, he is a rare breed, a young English tight head prop, and Head Coach Richard Hill is delighted that Hobbo has put pen to paper.

“I’m very pleased. Jason has been unlucky with injuries in his time here but hopefully seems to have put that behind him. We’ve stuck with him through those difficult times and I think he acknowledges that.”

“I feel that we’re now starting to see him realise the potential that we’ve always known he had. All he needed was a decent run of games and the results are starting to come.”

“He’s still a young man and still not at an age when props traditionally come into their own so we hope to see the very best of Jason Hobson in a Bristol shirt in the years to come.”

Hobson himself acknowledged that this new contract comes after a lot of hard work:

“There were times when the Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup seemed a long way away especially when I was making my way up and down the M5 to play at Exeter and Birmingham.”

“It does open your eyes a little and makes you realise that you have to put in the hard work and knuckle down if you’re to get the rewards. And, of course, I’m grateful to the Bristol medical team who put in the hours to get me fit again.”

“But, I’m still young and they say that props can go on forever so I’m delighted to commit my future to Bristol. Bristol is my club and my home now. They’ve stayed loyal to me and I had no hesitation when it came to agreeing a new contract.”

“The club is so far removed from the one I first joined back in Division One. We’ve come so far, there are exciting times ahead and I’m delighted to have the chance to be part of it.”

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