Mariano Sambucetti: Bristol lock agrees new contract

Mariano Sambucetti

Argentine lock forward Mariano Sambucetti has extended his eight-year stay with Bristol by agreeing a new deal for the 2013-14 season.

The 33-year-old admitted he had received offers from other clubs, but opted to stay at the Memorial Stadium.

"Apart from my hometown team in Argentina, Bristol is the only club that I would ever play for," he said.

"As a player, I've been taught to play this game for the love of the shirt and that's what I found here."

Sambucetti, who has won 13 caps for his country, made his Bristol debut in 2005 against Coventry and has become a firm favourite with fans.

"Bristol will always be the club close to my heart.

"The supporters have been incredible throughout my time here and I have been humbled by their support for me," he added.

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