Profile - Terry Sigley

Terry Sigley, Prop, born 1978, (12 Oct, Sutton Coldfield) returned to Moseley from Northampton in 2007/08 and again for 2008/09 after a period at Sale. Terry provides cover on both sides of the front row and welcome experience in a young squad.

The ‘veteran’ has racked up over 100 National Division One appearances as well as Guinness Premiership outings for Gloucester (2004-2006 37 appearances) Sale and Bath.

A local player, Terry was encouraged to play rugby by his headmaster at Longwood School in Tamworth leading to a spell in Leicester 's Academy/U21 side before joining Moseley following in the footsteps of elder brother, Rob.

His first spell with Moseley was highlighted by his selection for the 2002 tour to Chile with England Counties having scored for the North Midlands side that won the County Shield at Twickenham in May 2004.

He left Moseley in the summer of 2002 following the uncertainty over Moseley's future and was one of many players offered security locally when Oxford 's takeover threatened at the end of that season.

Standout appearances over a period of three seasons in ND1 led to his signing at Gloucester before spells at Bath and Northampton en route back to Moseley for the latter part of the 2007/08 season.

Terry is fondly remembered by Moseley supporters for opening the scoring when Moseley beat a promotion chasing and previously unbeaten Worcester side in December 2000, in the first season at Bournbrook.
Included in the Birmingham Post's Midlands Select XV for the 2008/09 season.

An essential part of the Twickenham Cup winning team. As Brian Dick said in the Birmingham Post's Twickenham preview "Moseley and Sigley seem inexorably attracted to each other. The veteran tighthead is in his third stint with the club and looks set to end his career in the Red and Black. Having also played at Gloucester, Northampton and Sale there are few more experienced front rowers in the division and few possess the enforcing edge Sigley brings to the Mose pack."

Height: 1.88m (6' 2")
Weight: 121kg (19st 1lb)
Position: Prop

Programme Profile - Terry Sigley. Autumn 2008

By quite a margin Terry Sigley is the most experienced player in National League One. Premiership matches for Gloucester, Sale and Bath , representative appearances for North Midlands and overseas tours with England Counties, and over one hundred games in Division 1 with Moseley and Pertemps Bees, stand as evidence.

He is in his third spell with Moseley, starting in 2000, returning to Moseley from Northampton in 2007/08 and again, after a period at Sale, for the present season.

Terry was born in Sutton Coldfield and will be 30 this autumn. His brother Rob, well known to Moseley members, is two years older. Terry was introduced to Rugby at Longwood School, Tamworth, and his first club was Leicester, where he played for the Academy and U21 sides, before joining Moseley for the first time. He is 6’ 2’’ and weighs 19 stone 1 lb.

He lives in Churchdown, Gloucestershire, with his longstanding girlfriend Emma, and his other occupation is a builder with Smiths Ltd of Gloucester. His interests, outside rugby, are in all other sports, notably soccer.

Terry’s CV raises the question as to whether his many changes of club were due to design or circumstance. He answered that there was no overall plan but that they occurred in response to events e.g. being released, being injured, receiving an offer he could not refuse etc

We discussed the difference between being a full-time or part-time professional rugby player. He jocularly replied that it was the difference between having a lie in and reporting for training at 9.30am and the alarm ringing at 5.30am for an early start on site, a hard days work, the drive from Churchdown to Billesley, two hours training when tired, and the long drive home. Seriously, Terry described the difference as ‘vast’. The freedom from financial worry, the time to keep very fit, the specialist coaching in all different aspects of the game and the continuous care when injured. In a word: the difference is money – lots of it!

We also discussed the chances of a promoted National League One side establishing itself in the Premiership. Worcester appears to have made it, by the skin of the teeth, but we agreed that it needs a great deal of money to succeed in the longer term.

I asked Terry how best Moseley could utilise his wide experience to benefit of both the side as a whole and individual players. It is clear that he is taking this matter seriously. He said that there were two aspects, on the training field and during a tight match. He feels that his experience gives him the authority to tactfully make suggestions to the coaches and captain and, in a very close game (e.g. Moseley defending a two point lead with ten minutes to go), to set an example of calmness under pressure.

Terry has been greatly heartened by the progress Moseley has made since his earlier spells with the club. He believes the team can achieve a top half finish as confidence and morale are high as the season starts.

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