Rhys Oakley has committed his immediate future to Leeds Carnegie after agreeing a new one-year deal.
The 27-year-old back-rower has spent the past two years at Headingley and he is determined to play a key role in leading the club back to the Premiership.
He said: "When I first arrived here, there had been a lot of changes. When we played our first game in National Division One last time against London Welsh it was a completely new team and no one really knew each other, which certainly won't be the case next season.
"The majority of the guys have been there and done it, so there should not be any surprises for us but we also know how big the challenge is.
"I think by keeping the squad together will make a massive difference to our approach to next season.
"On a personal level, it is great to have agreed the new deal, my family are really settled up in Leeds and that is important to me.
"On a professional front, the club have signalled their intent for next season by signing Henry Paul and he is the type of quality player we want to see at the club, his signing will be good for us."