Charlie Sharples insists his best is yet to come for club and country after penning a new long-term contract extension with Gloucester.
The 21-year-old scored 18 tries in a stunning season for the Cherry & Whites to propel himself into England boss Martin Johnson’s thoughts for the World Cup in New Zealand.
Sharples scored a try as the Saxons won the last ever Churchill Cup last month and was rewarded with a place in Johnson’s 45-man World Cup training squad.
And after extending his stay at Kingsholm until 2014, Sharples said: “ I was delighted when I got the call from the Saxons and more so when I got called into the England squad so it’s all moved quite quicklythis season.
“I’ve got plenty to work hard for. Things are going well for me with England and everything else at the minute, so it's nice to get it sorted so soon. Now I know I’ve got three years of rugby at Gloucester and I can really just knuckle down and play
well for them.
“I knew I wanted to stay with Gloucester and I was pretty certain the club wanted me so I thought why wait?
“Aside from the fact I came through the academy and being local, it is a good club to be at and I’m very settled here.
“I haven’t got to the position I’m in through luck, I’ve always worked hard. It’s been a gradual improvement for me.
“Every season is getting better for me –more game time and better performances.”