Melbourne Rebels flanker Angus Cottrell is staying with the club until 2019.
Former Force player Cottrell joined the Rebels ahead of the 2018 season, and has played five matches for the side this season, mainly at openside flanker.
Stringing matches together is a welcome change for the 28-year-old, who missed last season with a serious knee injury.
Queensland-born Cottrell said the choice to stay in Victoria was a simple one.
“It was a pretty easy decision for me. Obviously (it has been) a great start to the year and I’ve loved my time in Melbourne so far,” he said.
“(The Rebels) are a great club to play for and a great group of players. I’m just really excited where this club is heading, so I’m happy to be a part of it.
“I love coming in here every day and that makes it easy. Now having that decision made, I can just come in and focus on my rugby and just worry about that.”
Rebels general manager of rugby Nick Ryan said Cottrell was valuable on and off the field.
“You build clubs first and foremost with good people, then you get good players after that,” he said.
“We are very fortunate to have someone of the character and ability of Gus in our ranks and we look forward to continuing to develop his game over the coming years."
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