Michael Witt extends Crusaders contract until 2014

Michael Witt scores a try against Salford
Witt has scored seven tries so far this season

Crusaders stand-off Michael Witt has signed a new three-year deal with the Wrexham-based Super League side.

Since joining from rugby union side Otago in 2009, Witt has scored 163 points in 36 appearanced for the club.

Crusaders say the 27-year-old rejected offers from other league and union clubs to stay in Wrexham until 2014.

"I am very happy to have signed a three-year extension and to have committed my future to the Crusaders," said Australian Witt.

"I can see the club is intent on building something special here and I have every confidence we can do that with the players and coaches we have and the direction we are moving in.

"Above all I want this to be a club with a winning mentality, and I hope that in my time here we can achieve great success as a club."

Crusaders coach Iestyn Harris describes Witt as the creative spark that makes his team tick.

"He's one of the first names on the team sheet every week and he is maturing into a fine half-back," said Harris.

"He plays with real flair and his kicking game is a real asset for us. But he's also not afraid roll up his sleeves and do the hard work as well.

"Michael is a player a lot of the guys in the squad look up to and I am looking forward working with him for the next three seasons.

Crusaders, currently bottom of Super League with just four wins from 19 games, announced the signing of utility forward Shannan McPherson on Wednesday.

McPherson, 25, will arrive in Wales from NRL side South Sydney Rabbitohs on a two-year deal before the start of next season.