Worcester Warriors skipper Pat Sanderson admitted 'there is nowhere I would rather be playing rugby' as he put pen to paper on a new two-year contract extension at Sixways Stadium.
Sanderson, who moved to the club in 2004 and has played 115 games for the club, has made a stunning contribution during his time at Warriors.
The 31-year-old has been recognised with international honours, captaining England during the 2006 Australia tour and in charge of the triumphant Churchill Cup squad in Canada in 2005.
The Chester-born ace is also a high-calibre Sevens player, having made his debut back in 1997 in Hong Kong. In 2003-04 he played in six of the IRB World Series rounds including the three wins in South Africa, Hong Kong and London. He also helped England win the prestigious Hong Kong event. In 2002 he was also a member of England's Commonwealth Games squad in Manchester.
He remains fully committed to the task at Warriors and that has been underlined as he agreed a new deal that means he will remain at Sixways Stadium until at least 2012.
"I am delighted to have committed my future to the Warriors," said Sanderson.
"It has been an incredible journey so far yet there's so much still to achieve here and as I look at the season ahead it's hard not to feel excited about the future of the club.
"We have an incredible team spirit here, both on and off the field, a committed chairman, a superb fan base and an amazing stadium. There is nowhere I would rather be playing rugby."
Niall Annett and Phil Dowson are among three changes to the Warriors starting line-up for their trip to Franklin's Gardens to take on Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership this Saturday (kick-off 3pm).