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Fortey signs two-year deal

29 May 2003

Gloucester Rugby Club has today announced that hooker Chris Fortey has signed a new two-year deal. The local born player has been with Gloucester since his days as a colt after starting his rugby at Gloucester side Gordon league.

This season he has been involved in a year-long tussle with Olivier Azam for the number two shirt and is looking forward to staking a claim for the starting birth next season.

Said Fortey, "I am pleased that this has been sorted out now. It's good to see this club doing so well and to be a part of that is great. I have been at the club right through from when I was a Colt and then signed professional terms. I can now concentrate on having a good pre-season and am looking forward to having another good season next year."

Said Nigel Melville, "I am delighted that Chris has agreed this new deal. He and Olivier Azam made the hooking position very competitive this season - we need quality in depth in every position."
He added, "We said we would try and keep the majority of this season's squad together and we are starting to achieve that."

A ban incurred after the Newcastle fixture in April will mean that Fortey will have to sit out the  Zurich Premiership Final this weekend. As a true Gloucester supporter though, he says he will be in the stands willing the boys on.

"Obviously it is disappointing not to be involved but I'll be rooting for the boys. I hope that it is a good game and that we come through with the right result to finish off a brilliant season," he said.


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