Ulster scrum-half Paul Marshall has signed a new three-year contract extension with the province that will keep him at Ravenhill until 2017.
The 28-year-old has made 108 appearances for Ulster, since his debut in 2006 and was involved in Friday's Heineken Cup victory over Leicester.
He won his first senior international cap against Italy in last season's SixN ations. Marshall was selected on Ireland's June tour of North America earlier this year when he played against both the USA and Canada.
"When I was growing up, all I wanted to do was to play rugby for Ulster," said the scrum-half, who is a graduate of the Ulster Academy.
"I have been fortunate over the past seven years to do just that and I am extremely pleased to know that I will be representing my province for at least another three years.
"To be able to play in front of friends and family is very special. I am passionate about playing for Ulster and I love what it represents.
"With the squad that we have at the present time and the redevelopment that is going on at the ground, Ravenhill is an exciting place to be."
Ulster's director of rugby David Humphreys added: "Paul is an extremely important member of our squad and I am delighted that he has opted to stay with Ulster for three more years.
"To compete in the knockout stages of both the Heineken Cup and the RaboDirect PRO12, we need depth in all positions throughout the playing squad and retaining another international scrum half is an important part of achieving that."