When Ruan Pienaar moved from South Africa to Ulster Rugby in 2010 it was regarded as the biggest signing coup ever by the Irish Province.
Judging by the reaction on Tuesday to the news that Pienaar would be staying with the club until June 2017, his signature is still regarded as one of the biggest names Ulster director of rugby, David Humphreys, has captured.
Social media, like Twitter and Facebook, exploded yesterday evening when Ulster Rugby confirmed Pienaar had agreed a three year extension to his current contract which was due to expire at the end of the current season.
It rubbished recent reports in both the French media and one local publication that Pienaar had completed a two-year deal with Heineken Cup holders, Toulon and that he was saying goodbye to Ulster to join the French Top 14 season next summer.
Humphreys revealed yesterday that at the time it was being reported that Pienaar was off to France, the 30-year-old had already confirmed to him he would be staying in Belfast.
But pen was only put to paper on Monday when Pienaar returned to the Province having been involved with South Africa in the Rugby Championship and the News Letter and BBC Sport NI were granted exclusive access to the man they were all talking about on Tuesday at Ravenhill.
Toulon, one of the big money spenders in France, had hope to lure Pienaar just in the same way Racing Metro had persuaded Jonny Sexton to join them from Leinster.
However, while the offer may have been lucrative, Pienaar revealed there were many factors which he took into consideration before making his decision to stay in Belfast.
He told the News Letter: “When I was young I always said I would like to try to see what the French experience would be like.
“Obviously it would be a bit of a culture shock and the language is more difficult that over here.
“I have enjoyed my time and met great people over here and the supporters have been amazing to both myself and my family and welcomed us with open arms.
“From that point of view to say goodbye would have been tough. My daughter Lemay was born here as well, so I will always have a link here.
“Yes it was difficult, but in my heart I felt this was the place when I needed to stay a bit longer and I think the squad has something special, although we have a lot of work yet to do. This team is on its way to achieve good things. I would like to be a part of that.”
The 30-year-old admitted that it was certainly not an easy decision, but he had no regrets.
Pienaar added: “I am happy with the decision I have made. I have peace in my heart that I have made the right decision and for me at the end of the day that is the important thing.”
While Pienaar has been part of the recent success story with Ulster on the pitch, off the pitch there are important things to do which also contributed to his decision to stay.
His Christian faith and his involvement with the lcoal community in that aspect of his life were also onsidered.
“Together with Johann (Muller) and Paul Marshall and other people we have managed to do some things off the pitch and that has been important for me.
“I want to continue touching people’s lives with my Christian life and I think that at the end of the day is bigger than my rugby career.
“It is important for me to do that and I something that I want to continue doing. People here have given us the chance to do that.”