Harlequins have been handed a major boost with the news that fly-half Nick Evans has penned a new three-year contract at Twickenham Stoop.
Evans' decision is a fillip for the London club and all its stakeholders as the team continues to scrap at the Aviva Premiership summit and also in the Pool stages of this year's Heineken Cup.
The new contract means that the 32-year-old former All Black fly-half will almost certainly finish his playing career with the current Premiership champions at the end of the 2015/16 season.
Evans joined Quins in 2008 and has since made 106 first-team appearances during which he has scored 1,184 points including 16 tries.
Widely regarded among the best playmakers in rugby, he made the first of his 16 appearances for New Zealand against England in 2004 and went on to represent his country in the 2007 RWC.
Since his arrival in England, Evans has received numerous awards, the most recent being RPA Player of the Season in 2011/12.
"There is not a player, supporter or coach in the game in England, let alone Harlequins, who will not be delighted that Nick Evans has agreed to stay with us for another three years," said Conor O'Shea, Harlequins Director of Rugby, when he announced the new contract.
Commenting on his new contract, Evans said the decision to extend was not a difficult one.
"Myself and my family are happy to have the opportunity to stay at Harlequins," he explained.
"I'm looking forward to continuing to play with a great bunch of lads and to working with a special coaching staff. There is no limit to what this team can achieve and I am excited to have an influence both on and off the field.
"My decision was made easy by the ambition of this great club, the success we have had and the hunger to want more.
"The support I have had from the supporters has been amazing and I will do my best to help the club stay one of the major forces in English and European rugby."