Possibly not the greatest ever, ever 24 hours in the city club’s history but certainly up there in terms of positive news and feel good factor. First up, the team eked out a crucial away win against the despised Rob Andrew’s mob in the far north. The four points claimed via a try from the old stager Fanolua and eight points from ‘Monsieur Points’ Mercier could prove essential in the lads’ noble quest for European football next term. Today that news was embellished with the signing of Jake Boer, certainly one of my all time favourite Gloucester players, for an extra year that will mean seven years in a cherry and white shirt for the all-action South African. The icing on the cake was a new signing, and one that this supporter finds incredibly exciting. Gloucester have managed to attract to the club the star Italian lock forward and current captain of the Azzuri, Marco Bortolami. This shows we are keen to build a powerful and skilful pack for next season and with the peerless Alex Brown, imposing Will James, underrated Adam Eustace and improving Jonathan Pendlebury also on the roster, things look good for next season’s engine room. I am both mightily encouraged and excited by this news.