Harlequins number eight Nick Easter has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract with the club that ties him to the Twickenham Stoop until he is 38.
The veteran back-row forward, who will play his 250th game for Harlequins this weekend, is determined to continue competing at the top level.
“You just get on with doing what you’ve done 249 times before that,” said Easter, speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Quins’ game against Sale.
“I had no idea about the 250th game actually until I got a few tweets through the other day. It’s quite a good match for it, Leicester at home and a very important game for both sides.
“It’s never really bothered me that, but clearly if you’ve played 250 times you’re going to be on the wrong side of 30.
“But I’ve just said as always, I’m enjoying my rugby, looking to improve my game, and as long as I’ve got a desire and hunger for it, it’s that simple. We’ve agreed another two years here, so it’s not just the end of this season.”
He added: “I’ve still got that thirst to continue the success we had for two or three years when we won three trophies.”
“We didn’t win anything last year, and that drives you on as well. That’s what you’re in it for, silverware. Loyalty resonates quite strongly with me, maybe that’s because I’m from the old school.
“It seems to have less of a place now because people have got to look after their futures and that’s fair enough as the sport’s become more brutal. But I’m very happy to be here and to still have the chance to do all this.”