Heineken Cup quarter-finalists the Ospreys have confirmed that Sonny Parker has signed a three-year contract extension.
Welsh international centre Parker has agreed a deal that will see him remain with the region until the end of the 2011/12 season.
The 31-year old has made 93 appearances in an Ospreys shirt including 24 in the Heineken Cup since moving to the region from Celtic Warriors in the summer of 2004, scoring 9 European tries. The New Zealander first arrived in Wales in 1999 and has gone on to gain 31 caps, scoring six tries for his adopted country. He has played in the last two Rugby World Cup's, as well as featuring in three games during the 2008 Grand Slam.
Speaking after signing his contract Parker said:
"The coaches and players here have helped me so much since I signed in 2004, and along with the amazing fans who are the heartbeat of the organisation, have made me feel extremely welcome here.
To sign me up for another three years, for what may be my final contract, shows the belief that the Ospreys have in me, and is an indication of how they have supported me over the last five years. I want to repay that faith over the next few seasons by helping to bring more success."
Ospreys Head Coach, Sean Holley added:
"We are obviously delighted that Sonny will be staying with us beyond this season. As one of the senior professionals at the region, he brings a lot to the Ospreys, both on and off the field. He is an international calibre player who possesses a lot of leadership qualities. He is particularly adept at mentoring some of the younger talent that we have, passing on his considerable knowledge and experience for the good of the region."
The next big challenge for the Ospreys and Sonny Parker will be the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Munster on Sunday, 12 April 2009 when the ambitious Welsh region will be hoping to qualify for the last four for the first time in their history.