Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, the New Zealand Warriors captain, has re-signed with the Auckland franchise for another four years.
The club made the announcement at the official season launch in Auckland on Tuesday night.
It brings an end to speculation that the 24-year-old was heading to rugby union to fulfil a dream of playing for the All Blacks, while rival NRL clubs were also understood to be chasing his signature.
Tuivasa-Sheck told Newshub signing the deal is a massive weight lifted of his shoulders.
"It feels good just to be focusing on one thing now," Tuivasa-Sheck said.
"I'm playing in a couple weeks so I need to be getting my body right, my head right and get ready to kick on.
"My manager wanted to know what was important for me. We sat down and went through what we thought was right and we came up with the decision to stay with the Warriors as they ticked all of the boxes.
"Me and my partner Ashley really enjoy living in Auckland. We wanted to stay.
"There is a lot of work to be done here.
"We are not one of the top eight teams and im really excited for that challenge."
Club CEO Cameron George also confirmed to Newshub that young half Ata Hingano has been granted a release from his contract, although he wasn't aware of the intended playing destination for the 20-year-old.