Glasgow Warriors second row Tom Ryder has signed a new two-year deal with the Scottish side to keep him at Scotstoun until 2015.
The 27-year-old former Saracens lock initially joined the Warriors on loan in August 2010 but, having impressed during that short spell, returned north full-time in February 2011.
One of the most consistent performers in the engine room of the pack, he has since appeared for the Warriors more than 50 times and has appeared in all but one match this season for Gregor Townsend's side. In season 2011/12, he was named in the RaboDirect PRO12 Dream Team.
"I'm delighted to have signed this contract extension and get to play my part in the buzz that's happening around the Warriors," said Ryder.
"This is a tight knit group and one that is very focused on the goals of the club and the targets that have been set. There's some stiff competition here to get in the squad, with Tim (Swinson) and captain Al Kellock, but that just drives us on to get better as players.
"For me that's a big part of staying here, developing further as a player and helping the team succeed. This was an easy decision for me to make both professionally and personally."