Gloucester stalwart Andy Hazell has admitted he turned down the chance to move abroad to commit to a new deal at Kingsholm.
Hazell is the longest-serving member of the current Gloucester squad, with the flanker having made more than 200 appearances over 12 years at the club.
And Hazell, who has been capped seven times by England, insists he had no thoughts about leaving.
"I did have some quite good offers from abroad which were quite lucrative but, at the end of the day I always wanted to stay," he said.
"When other offers come in, it can be very flattering. But, in my heart of hearts, I always wanted to remain at Gloucester.
"I'm happy here, my family is happy here and that means a lot. I've got all my family around me and that's incredibly important.
"I've been here at Gloucester for 12 years now and I want to spend my whole career here so I'm delighted that we've agreed terms.
"The club and the fans have been good to me and I've always tried to do my best for them. Each week I train and play as though it's my first at the club."