Ulster lock Johann Muller has signed a one-year contract extension which will keep him at Ravenhill until 2013.
The Springbok, who joined from Natal Sharks last summer, captained the team in Rory Best's absence this season.
"I've really enjoyed my first season with Ulster, not only in terms of rugby but also personally," said Muller.
"The people of Northern Ireland have been great to me and my family so staying an extra year wasn't a decision we had to think about for long."
The 30-year-old has clocked up an impressive 2027 minutes of the pitch for Ulster during the 2010/11 campaign.
The Ulster Rugby Personality of the Season started all but four of Ulster's competitive games this season and has become a firm favourite with the fans at Ravenhill.
'It was a successful season for us and we are taking steps in the right direction, but the players and the coaching staff need to keep working hard for next season," added Muller.
"Teams are judged on silverware and we have nothing to show for our season. We are determined to win something for the trophy cabinet at Ravenhill next season and to do that we must keep improving.
'I've been in the fantastic position of having a leadership role within the squad. I hope I can keep trying to help the younger players and they keep improving.
"The more games they play and the more experience they get will be of benefit to themselves and Ulster.
"If, in a couple of years I leave Ulster and have managed to help a few players develop, I will be delighted with that."