Nick Williams has penned a two-year contract extension with Ulster, which is a timely boost for Ireland's northern province.
The uncapped New Zealand number eight joined Ulster in June 2012 after previous spells with Munster and Italian side Aironi in recent seasons.
The 29-year-old enjoyed one of his best seasons to date as Williams was named the RaboDirect Pro12 player of the year, as well as the Irish players' player of the year.
He has entertained the Ulster faithful over the past 12 months after Williams scored seven tries in 21 appearances in his first season at Ravenhill.
The Auckland-born back row played an integral part of Ulster's impressive start to the 2012/13 campaign, although the province ultimately finish the season trophyless.
Both player and club appear in sync as Ulster gave Williams the chance to turn on the style after disappointing spells at former clubs during previous spells.
Indeed, Williams' improvement was a surprise to many as he shook off fitness issues.
Williams said of his new deal: "It's always nice to stay where you're happy. My family and I have settled really well and it means I can go out and enjoy myself on the pitch. "I wouldn't want to play anywhere else to be honest."
He added: "We're very excited for this season. The core of the group from last season is still here and after a few injuries last season, we've got boys coming back in who are now 100%."