South African scrumhalf, Ruan Pienaar, put pen to paper on Monday once he arrived back in Belfast and agreed a new three year extension to his existing contract with Ulster Rugby.
It ended weeks of speculation that the Ulster fans favourite had already agreed a two-year-deal with defending Heineken Cup winners and Top 14 French club, Toulon.
While an offer may have been made from the European champions, when others were confirming Pienaar’s departure locally, the 30-year-old was actually telling Ulster director of rugby, David Humphreys, that he was staying with the Irish Province.
The News Letter and BBC Sport Northern Ireland were given exclusive access to Pienaar On Tuesday less than 24 hours after he had put pen to paper confirming he would be staying with Ulster until the end of the 2017 season.
Pienaar, who joined Ulster in 2010, admitted he had had a tough decision to make after a lucrative offer was made by the French club.
He told the News Letter in a special interview that it was not a big money offer which was attractive to him.
“I have really enjoyed myself in Belfast, and my family have enjoyed life here. Our daughter, Lemay, was born in Belfast.
“I know in my heart that I have made the right decision for my wife, daughter and myself to stay here.
“I have been part of the process which has seen Ulster become a great club and I want to be part of that continued process which will hopefully see some silverware comoe back to Ravenhill.
“At the end of the day you have to enjoy your job and, yes while it was a tough decision, it is the right one and I look forward to adding to the memories I have already from Ravenhill and creating some new ones now with the new development at Ravenhill.”
Pienaar return to his club this week having been away with South Africa playing in the Rugby Championship. The Springboks finished runners-up to World Champions, New Zealand.