Billy Meakes is determined to remain centre of attention as the competition in Gloucester’s midfield intensifies.
The Australian has been one of the stand out performers in the Cherry and White’s recent resurgence – punching holes in oppositions defences at will.
But with Henry Trinder, who has penned a new contract, back fit and Tom Marshall nearing a long-awaited debut, Meakes has his work cut out to hold onto the number 13 jersey.
He said: “I’m pretty happy with my form at the moment, I’ve been delighted to string a few games together and off the back of that I’ve found some form.
“Game time is the main thing. Playing at this level, the more experience you get the better you will get because it’s a different game to what I’m used to back home.
“Trinny and I have been head to head of late and he’s on his way back now. It’s awesome to hear he’s signed again, we have a great rivalry and friendship off the pitch and he’s been a big influence on my development as a 13.
“When I came to Gloucester I was pretty fresh but he has a fair bit of experience – almost 100 caps for the club.
“So it’s great to hear he has signed and rivalry continues. It’s another spanner in the works for me but I will keep fighting along.”
David Humphreys had nothing but praise for the 24-year-old and reckons he gets better every single week.
And Meakes knows there is still plenty to come with a kicking game the most pressing string to add to his bow.
He continued: “Every week I am learning and with the guys I’m surrounded by I take in a lot of tips. Each week I’m trying to add to my game.
“I’m happy with the way everything ball in hand is going but developing my kicking game is the next step.
“I’m working pretty hard with Timmy Taylor at the moment and if I can add that into my game it will be beneficial for the team.”
Meakes continues at outside centre against Harlequins on Saturday but he expects a very different side to the one that shared a draw with Gloucester in December.
The Londoners will be without a host of internationals and Meakes has urged his side to continue their slow climb up the Premiership table.
He added: “We’ve put in some great team performances of late, Leicester and Bath, the win at the Rec was one to remember.
“Quins like an expansive, off-loading game and since last time they have a few players away but they have great depth to their squad and we have to physically match them up front.
“We have to roll on from the last two weeks, there’s a great vibe around the club after the win at Bath. It means a lot to our supporters and the club so it’s good to be back home and we’ll go flying into Quins.”