Hibbard commits to Ospreys
Long-term deal for Wales hooker
Last Updated: 03/03/10 3:07pm
Hibbard: New deal
Wales hooker Richard Hibbard has committed his long-term future to the Ospreys after signing a five-year deal.
The 26-year-old, who has been capped nine times, made his debut for the region in 2004 - and has gone on to make 94 appearances.
Hibbard has been in superb form for the region this year, scoring three times in 18 games - having previously only crossed for a try once.
And Hibbard insists he had no hesitation about agreeing a new contract.
"I really do love it here, I think it's a great place to play rugby," he said.
"We've got everything in the right place to go where we want to go. It's a brilliant set-up and honestly, there's nowhere else I'd want to be.
"The coaches' selection policy here is quite clear, they don't pick on name or reputation, they pick on form, and luckily enough my form has been good enough this season.
"Given the length of the new contract, I've pretty much committed myself to the Ospreys for the rest of my career. I'm very happy to make that commitment, it's my region, it's where I come from and it's where I've played all my rugby.
"With the support I have here, I'll continue working hard and hopefully that means I'll continue to develop my game.
"If I can do that, I'd like to think that I could get the reward of a regular place with Wales, especially with the World Cup coming up next year, that's a big factor."
Ospreys forwards coach Jonathan Humphreys believes Hibbard has developed into a classy operator
"Richard has worked hard to improve his lineout throwing and his scrummaging technique, which complements his obvious ball carrying qualities, and we have seen him really develop into a quality player in recent seasons," said Humphreys.
"To commit to us for such a lengthy period as he has with this new contract shows that we have the set-up and environment here that players want to be involved in."