Championship leaders Featherstone Rovers have beaten off competition from Super League clubs to retain hooker Andy Ellis on a new three-year deal.
It will keep the former Wakefield Wildcats player at Big Fellas Stadium until at least the end of the 2016 season.
Ellis initially joined Rovers on loan from Wakefield last season before signing for them permanently in the close season.
Ellis said: “I’m really enjoying my time at Featherstone Rovers and playing regular rugby.
“There are lots of positive things happening both on and off the field at the club at the moment.
“Off the field the redevelopment of the stadium is making great progress, commercially the club is moving forward and we are very active in the community. I am fully focused on the remaining games this season to finish on a high and I am looking forward to working with new head coach John Bastian in the future. I feel the club has an exciting and prosperous and Rovers is the place to be.”
Rovers chief executive Craig Poskitt said: “The commitment Andy has shown to Featherstone Rovers is testament to the direction the club is heading. Andy is a quality player and leads by example and is a true professional. We are delighted to have retained Andy’s services especially following interest from Super League clubs.”
Featherstone’s major shareholder Feisal Nahaboo said: “The board, the staff, the fans and the dressing room want him to stay, so we offered Andy the chance to be a key squad member to lead us into and hopefully play in Super League. I have total faith in his abilities and we have rewarded him for his potential to continue to develop with John Bastian.”