Kiwi back-row star Nick Williams extends Ulster contract at Ravenhill until 2016
Last Updated: 02/10/13 1:35pm
Nick Williams: New extended contract at Ulster
New Zealander Nick Williams has signed a two-year extension to his contract at Ulster which keeps him at Ravenhill until 2016.
The back-row star made a big impact in his first season at the club last term, winning the RaboDirect Pro12 Players' Player of the Season and the IRU Players Association Player of the Year award.
Williams, who spent two years at Munster and one at Italian side Aironi before joining Ulster, told the club's website: "It's always nice to stay where you're happy. My family and I have settled really well and it means I can go out and enjoy myself on the pitch. Everything has fallen into place and I wouldn't want to play anywhere else to be honest.
"We're very excited for this season. The core of the group from last season is still here and after a few injuries last season, we've got boys coming back in who are now 100 per cent.
"When you play the game you want to win silverware. We lost in the PRO12 final last year and it was very tough to take. Departing at the quarters in the Heineken Cup was gut wrenching as well so I guess there's some unfinished business. It's a stronger squad now and hopefully we will have a better season."
Ulster's Director of Rugby David Humphreys said: "Nick's level of performance throughout last season was instrumental to Ulster finishing top of the RaboDirect PRO12 and extending his contract for another two years is a huge boost to everyone associated with Ulster Rugby.
"He is a genuine entertainer and is someone who possesses the ability to inspire the players around him and get the crowd on their feet. Off the field, he's a tremendous personality to have around the dressing room and I'm delighted he's committed to Ulster until 2016."