Mariano Galarza: Gloucester lock signs new contract

Mariano Galarza
Mariano Galarza spent a season with Worcester before joining Gloucester in 2014

Gloucester lock Mariano Galarza has signed a new contract at the Premiership club.

The 29-year-old Argentina international joined in 2014 from Worcester.

Galarza, who has only played nine times for the club, has missed the majority of this season after receiving a nine-week ban during the World Cup.

"It's time to show what I can do," Galarza told BBC Radio Gloucestershire. "I feel good at the club, I'm enjoying myself, so I'm happy to be here."

He also missed much of last season following shoulder surgery, while his appearance against Sale Sharks in March earned the club a two-point deduction and a £5,000 fine as he was ineligible to play at that point.

"I feel the club has done a lot for me over the past two seasons," he added. "I have been injured twice, I've been banned during the World Cup and the club has always supported me in these situations.

"I feel I owe the club a lot."

Director of rugby at Kingsholm, David Humphreys, said it was a huge boost for Gloucester that Galarza had signed a new deal.

"Mariano is a player who has made a massive impact on our squad with his personality, attitude and dedication to his work, and we are delighted that he has signed a long-term deal with Gloucester," said Humphreys.

"He has had to work incredibly hard to overcome a couple of injuries over the past 18 months, and was very unfortunate to be suspended at the World Cup.

"But we believe Mariano will play a big part in what we are trying to achieve at this club going forward."