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."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.