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 to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.