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Reds secure loan signing of Premiership youngster

06/11/2019

Promising teenage wing and Wales under 20 cap Alex Morgan has joined Jersey Reds on loan from Gallagher Premiership side Gloucester.

The 19-year-old, who has featured in Gloucester’s squad for both the Premiership Cup and Shield (A team) competitions, arrived in Jersey on Sunday and is in contention for the Reds’ home game against Nottingham this weekend.

Morgan was born in Cardiff and made his debut for Wales u20 in the Six Nations clash against Scotland in March. He is initially expected to be part of the Reds’ squad until Christmas.

Jersey Reds Director of Rugby Harvey Biljon said: "Alex is a talented young player and we believe this will be a great opportunity for him to evolve his game while playing a good standard of rugby, in the same way as other players have spent time in Jersey before becoming regular starters for their Premiership clubs."

Peter Walton, Head of Academy at Gloucester Rugby, said: “Alex is at a stage in his career where he needs to be playing competitive rugby, week in and week out, to help him realise his potential. Competition for places is fierce here at Gloucester Rugby so, when Jersey approached us, we all felt it was an ideal opportunity for him to play Championship Rugby in a quality environment in a move that will benefit all parties.”

Biljon is without the services of several backs among his squad, including captain Apakuki Ma’afu, scrum-half Liam Howley and back three players Leroy Van Dam and Tom Williams. Another player was ruled out of contention following last Saturday’s game against league leaders Newcastle Falcons, with centre Mark Best undergoing surgery on a broken arm sustained during a brief appearance as a replacement at Kingston Park.

Nottingham are the visitors to Stade Santander International this Saturday, November 9th, for a Greene King IPA Championship match that kicks off at 3pm.

Copyright pictures courtesy Martin Bennett/ Gloucester Rugby

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