Kent have tied South African all-rounder Ryan McLaren down to a new three-year deal at Canterbury.
The 24-year-old Kolpak signing, who claimed a hat-trick in the Twenty20 Cup final victory over Gloucestershire at the start of August, has attracted interest from a number of clubs.
Kent's leading championship wicket-taker has effectively waived his right to play for South Africa as a result, and he wants to secure British citizenship instead.
"I have to look after my career and what's best for me in terms of learning as much as possible about the game, which I feel I have done in my first county season with Kent," McLaren told the Kent Messenger.
"I feel I will grow as a cricketer and a person here in England, playing in county cricket.
"It would have been awesome to have played for my country and it's something that I grew up wanting to do, but at the end of the day, you have to look after what's best for yourself."
The Spitfires have taken great delight in the deal, as they look to preserve their top flight status in Divison One of the LV County Championship.
Kent's director of cricket Graham Ford said: "One of the initial reasons I brought him to Kent was for the energy and enthusiasm he brings to a team, and almost two-thirds of the way through this campaign he's still in there fighting, day in, day out.
"A few other counties have been interested in him, but he's enjoyed himself with Kent and it's pleasing for me to know this is where he wants to play his cricket.
"For the last couple of years we have tried to sign quality instead of quantity at Kent, so we're excited that Ryan has made this big decision to commit to us for a lengthy period."
Bottom side Worcestershire are the next visitors to Canterbury on Tuesday.