The Dragons have agreed a new two-year deal with flanker Nic Cudd.
The 24-year-old only joined from Llanelli in September because of a back row injury crisis at Rodney Parade.
However a series of impressive displays over the course of 17 appearances has seen him rewarded with a new contract.
"I was given an opportunity to prove myself as a professional and hopefully I have done that," said Cudd.
"We haven't had the best of results this season but I think it is going well for me on a personal front, I have had plenty of games and feel that I am improving as a player.
"Over the past few months I have improved in terms of physicality and carrying the ball."