Ospreys hooker Scott Baldwin has committed his future to the region until the end of the 2016/17 season.
The 25-year-old made his Ospreys debut in 2009 after impressing for his hometown club Bridgend. Success did not immediately come for Baldwin, but after a loan spell with Italian ASR Milano, the number two enjoyed a strong 2012.
A debut for Wales against Japan earlier this year followed after a prolonged spell of good form and Ospreys have now rewarded Baldwin for his efforts.
"I'm really pleased. The Ospreys have been really great to me since I came on board four years ago and I've really developed," Baldwin told Ospreys' official website.
"Last season was a big jump forward for me, being involved regularly week in, week out, and I'm happy that everything is sorted so that I can look forward to the new season and beyond that, working with a great bunch of boys in the team and great coaching staff.
"The good thing about the Ospreys is the way they bring players through each year, not just youngsters but boys from the Premiership who haven't been part of the age-grade set-up. It shows that there is talent beyond the age of 20 or 21 and if you work hard then the Ospreys will give you a chance. I was lucky enough to get an opportunity and I hope I've been able to make the most of it."
Ospreys' rugby operations manager Andy Lloyd paid tribute to Baldwin's work ethic.
"Scott has been outstanding for the region over the last 18 months and has earned this contract with his hard work, effort and dedication," he said.
"He's been in our system a long time now, since he was brought in from Bridgend a few years back, and it's important to understand that a breakthrough season like he enjoyed last season doesn't just happen overnight. He's worked really hard over a number of seasons to improve both his physicality and his technical skills, and remained patient when at times he found a lack of game time frustrating.
"I'm really pleased for him. He is an excellent role model to other players in the region who are playing in the Premiership, working hard and performing consistently. Scott has shown that if you put the hard work in you can get the reward, both regionally and nationally. The challenge for him now that he has secured a new contract is to continue working hard and to strive for continuous improvement rather than just settling for what he's got."