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."
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.