Paul Marshall has agreed a three-year extension with Ulster the club confirmed official on Monday afternoon.
The 28-year-old will remain with the Irish Province until at least 2017.
It is understood there was significant interest from Aviva Premiership clubs for Marshall’s signature.
It comes a week after it was confirmed South African scrumhalf, Ruan Pienaar, had agreed a similar three-year extenstion to his contract. In January last year both players agreed new two years at the same time.
However, Marshall was aware that first choice scrumhalf, Pienaar was staying when he decided to turn down lucrative offers from interested English clubs.
The News Letter understands that a move across the water would have been to a club offering him a regular starting slot in the number nine shirt - and with that would have come a salary to suit.
The former Methodist College pupil joined Ulster on a full contract at the start of the 2006-07 season, having graduated from the Ulster Academy.
His first competitive senior debut came away to Newport Gwent Dragons and has since made significant contribution to the Province over the years.
In spite of being number two to Pienaar, Marshall’s talents were recognised when he was called up to the Ireland squad earlier this year and has made three appearances of the bench - the first again Italy in the Six Nations last March.
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