Second-row forward Graham Kitchener has agreed a new contract to extend his stay at Leicester Tigers.
Kitchener is approaching 100 starts for the club since arriving from Worcester Warriors in 2011 and has been ever-present in the matchday squad in Aviva Premiership and European Champions Cup fixtures this season.
Head coach Aaron Mauger identified Kitchener as a key player in the Tigers squad over recent seasons and said: “Kitch is an athletic and dynamic presence in the second row and he now has a lot of experience under his belt in big games with the club.
“He has become an important part of the squad and has been a consistent performer in the team during his five years here.
“We believe he can continue to develop here as a player and a leader, and we look forward to seeing him playing a prominent role in coming years.”
Kitchener, 27, said: “It was an easy decision to make. It was agreed nice and early. I’ve spent a lot of time at the club and I feel very at home here.
“Leicester Tigers is a great club to play for. You are playing in front of 24,000-plus fans every week at Welford Road. It is a prestigious club with huge history and an exciting future.
“It’s great to be involved with the calibre of players and the squad we’ve got.”