Gloucester City defender signs new deal with the Tigers

Gloucester City have announced that defender Jack James has signed a new deal to stay at Meadow Park until 2023.

The 21-year-old has been with the Tigers since 2019 since making the move west from Braintree Town.

Taking to Twitter, the Republic of Ireland Under-19 international expressed his delight at securing his short-term future in Gloucester.

“Delighted to sign a new deal with Gloucester City until 2023. Gutted the season was cut short, next season we will go again.

“See you soon.”

The south-west side have not partaken in a competitive fixture since February, a 1-1 draw with Chorley.

The National League North season was cancelled last month following a third national lockdown, with Gloucester sat top of the table with a five point lead over closest competitors AFC Fylde.

But clinching the future of the promising James for the next two years certainly puts them in good stead ahead of the 2021/22 season, which commences on August 14th.

The announcement that the Bedford-born talent had put pen to paper was met with excitement on social media, with @Dunnfamily06 tweeting: “Brilliant news, great player.”

City co-chairman Alex Petheram last week told Park Life Sport that the Tigers must be the “unluckiest club in the history of football,” following the news that the season was to be declared null and void.

“We can’t dwell upon something that’s happened in the past, now we need to move forward as a club,” he said.

“We’re obviously bitterly disappointed because being top of the table, we had high hopes for the season and we were showing everyone that we could match our ambitions with our performances, so we were bitterly disappointed, but we mustn’t dwell on what’s happened and we need to move forward.

The team had returned to their Meadow Park home this campaign, having been homeless since 2007 when the old stadium was destroyed by flooding.

But with the future of James secured, the foundations for another push next season have begun.

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