Ospreys and Wales outside half Dan Biggar has signed on for another three seasons at the Welsh region and will remain at the Liberty Stadium until 2016.
The man who stepped into the boots of the injured Rhys Priestland to guide Wales to the RBS 6 Nations title from No 10, the 23-year-old has ended speculation linking him with a possible big money move to France by remaining loyal to his home club.
In November 2011, less than a month after his 22nd birthday, Biggar overtook James Hook to become the region's all-time highest points scorer, a record he has since extended to 1,206. Having topped the scoring charts for the last three consecutive seasons he is on course to do so again this time around.
He became the youngest Osprey to reach 100 regional caps in April 2012 and has made 121 appearances for the team. He made his Heineken Cup debut as a replacement against Leicester Tigers in 2008 and averages just over 10 points per game in Europe with 306 from 30 appearances.
"This is an organisation that has always been very good to me and supported me so it's great that I can recognise that by committing my future to the region. It's always nice to get things sorted and now I can concentrate on helping the team secure a play-off place without any distractions," said Biggar
"The Ospreys wanted to keep me and I wanted to stay, so it has always been a case of agreeing on a few things. It's not just financial, there are other things that come into the equation.
"This is a great environment with fantastic facilities and great coaches. It brings the best out of you as a player and I consider myself fortunate to have come through this system to represent my home region.
"My aim is to be competing for trophies with the Ospreys every year. I've discussed this at length with the coaches and management here, I've made that ambition absolutely clear, and I wouldn't have committed for the next three years if they didn't share those aims.
"We know how difficult it is, with the salary cap and things like that, but that doesn't mean we can't continue to be successful. We've got experienced, quality senior players and some exciting youngsters coming through and we've shown that we can get the right blend to be competitive.
"There's no reason why we can't continue developing from within while competing with the best. I'm excited about what we can potentially achieve as a group."
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