Cardiff Blues stand-in captain Kris Dacey has put pen to paper on a new contract that will see him stay with the club into a 10th season.
The 29-year-old is the post-2003 leading try scorer from the forwards with 25 tries to his name, and has taken over the leadership role from Ellis Jenkins after the flanker’s season was ended by a knee injury.
If selected against Munster it will see Dacey make his 150th appearance for his home region, after having come through the academy system as a flanker before switching to hooker just after representing Wales U20.
Hailing from Merthyr he made his debut in a Pro12 clash against Connacht in September 2010 before properly breaking into the first team for the 2012/13 season, going on to score six tries in three separate seasons.
He will now stay at the Arms Park until he has a decade of service to the club, as the likes of Ethan Lewis, Liam Belcher and Iestyn Harris break through into the first team.
Speaking to the official website he said, “I’m really pleased to be staying here at Cardiff Blues. I’ve been here eight years now, this is the club that gave me a chance and it is nice to be able to repay that loyalty.
“There was interest from elsewhere, but this is my home, this is where I want to stay, my family are happy and settled here and my boy’s recently started school, so it was an easy decision to make.
“It’s been a massive honour to be made captain, especially when you look at some of the captains that have gone before like Gethin Jenkins and Martyn Williams and the quality of the leaders here like Nick Williams, Gareth Anscombe and Ellis Jenkins, who is obviously out at the moment. There was never any doubt in my mind when I was asked.
“Last year proved a lot – we were written off at the start of the season but as a group we came together and ended up winning the Challenge Cup. There is no reason why we can’t win something again even this season.
“If we can perform consistently, week in, week out there is no reason why more silverware won’t follow. We have a massive few weeks ahead and are determined to do whatever it takes to secure a play-off place and qualify again for the Heineken Champions Cup.”