Stephen Ferris has agreed another short-term contract with Ulster Rugby, the News Letter can confirm.
The 28-year-old continues his rehabilitation on an ankle injury which has kept him sidelined since November 2012.
The News Letter intimated in our edition of December 19 that a further extension to a short-term six month contract was close to being announced.
Ulster Rugby are expected to confirm the extension in the next day or so.
The News Letter understands the length of the contract could be between three to six months - the latter taking him up to the end of the current season.
The British Lion and Irish international backrow has been through some dark days since suffering the injury against Edinburgh on November 2 - but his rehabilitation has been going well.
The new contract period will reflect advice taken from medical experts on Ferris’ progress recently, which has been on an upward curve - positive news for the popular Ravenhill figure.
The extension will provide Ferris with the continued opportunity to prove his fitness and extend his stay at Ulster into the future and he will continue to get the best medical care at Ravenhill to get him back on the pitch sooner rather than later.