Prop forward Terry Sigley has signed a new three-year contract with Gloucester Rugby Club after impressing in his debut season in the Zurich Premiership.
The 26 year-old front row man joined the Kingsholm club from division one side Pertemp Bees in the summer of 2004 on a one year contract, after a trial period in July and August.
Commenting on www.gloucesterugbyclub.com Sigley said: "It's all been a bit surreal, one minute I was preparing for a game and travelling to Plymouth and the next I'm selected for the first game of the Zurich Premiership season against Leeds."
Sigley, who has played for Leicester U21s, Moseley and Pertemp Bees, also adds flexibility to the front row with the ability to play both loose-head and tight-head.
"I've always wanted to play Premiership rugby, and it was a very satisfying moment when I sat down this week to sign the contract.
"I'd targeted this season as the last year for me to give it a real push and get into the Premiership.
"I had some time training with Gloucester, played in some pre-season games and it all went from there. I've still got a lot of work to do, but I'm enjoying it and it's what I've always wanted to do, ever since I first picked up a rugby ball."
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).