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."
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
20 year old Lewis Ludlow was one of Gloucester's young guns who contributed hugely to the 18-9 LV= Cup win at London Welsh on Sunday afternoon. After the game, he praised his team mates for the massive team effort by an inexperienced side.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.