Western Force flanker Chris Alcock, the first player signed by coach Michael Foley when he took charge at the Super Rugby club, is back for another two seasons.
His re-signing brings depth to the traditionally strong Force back row with Foley showing faith in the bulk of the squad that took the club to its most successful campaign this year.
Foley helped launch Alcock's Super Rugby career at the Waratahs when he was plucked from Sydney's Shute Shield competition where he was playing for Gordon.
A shoulder injury cut short his 2014 season and he managed only three games after featuring in every match the previous year.
Alcock, 26, said he was hungry to return to Super Rugby. He will make his way back via the inaugural National Rugby Championship.
"You definitely get the hunger to play again when you're sitting on the sideline watching the guys win nine games," Alcock said.
"I definitely want to get back out there and be a part of it.
"We've got some outstanding competition in the back row at the moment."
Foley said Alcock had become a highly regarded member of the squad since his arrival.
Alcock said he believed the Force could make a maiden finals appearance next year.
"When I signed on originally I felt this was a team on the way up," he said.
"Last year we showed some of that potential and lost several close games. We just needed to learn how to close out those games."