Lewis Jones is set to surpass a century after agreeing a new contract to remain at Cardiff Blues.
The scrum-half reached 100 appearances this season and will now embark upon his tenth campaign at Cardiff Arms Park.
Jones is the nineteenth player to commit his future to the Blues to a new contract and he remains as determined as ever to claim the number nine jersey.
Jones said: “I’m really pleased to have signed a new contract at my home region and I’m already looking forward to the new season.
“It was an honour and privilege to make my 100thappearance this season, although injuries meant it took longer than I hoped, and I am hungry for many more.
“The competition for the scrum-half jersey is intense and while I get on well with Lloyd (Williams) and Tomos (Williams), I am not satisfied as a squad player. I want to play every week and I’ll be striving to do that in every session.
“That competition for places is beneficial to all of us and we are continually driving each other on to be the best we can possibly be.
“We have a young and exciting squad, the majority are also home grown, and that’s really exciting for the future. I am looking forward to playing my part.”
Jones, an age-grade international, made his regional debut in 2011, and became the youngest player to reach 50 appearances two seasons later.
Knee reconstruction stalled his progress and competition has intensified but Beddau product remains a central figure in the senior squad, who contributes an enormous amount on and off the pitch.
Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill said: “Lewis is an important player with a lot of experience having reach 100 appearances for the club at a relatively young age.
“He is a great player to have in and around the environment, who is enormously competitive and very hard working. He is a great team man, who is entirely selfless in what he does for his teammates and team.”