South Africa international Faf de Klerk will remain with Sale Sharks at least until 2023 after signing a new four-year deal with the Gallagher Premiership club.
The scrum-half joined the Sharks ahead of the 2016/17 season on a three-year deal but now has extended his stay with the AJ Bell Stadium outfit. Since his arrival, de Klerk has featured for the club 25 times in which he amassed 97 points.
“it’s humbling to know a club wants to extend your contract, even though you still have more than a year left on your current one," said de Klerk, who has played in 21 Tests for South Africa.
"I would not have re-signed if I did not enjoy it here in the North West and really do believe in what we are trying to achieve here at Sale.
"I want to thank Dimes and the Owners for giving me this opportunity and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!"
The 27-year-old had one of the brightest year in the international arena where he was nominated for the World Rugby Player of the Year in 2018 which was eventually won by Ireland's Johnny Sexton.
Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond was delighted with the news of de Klerk committing to the club.
"I am delighted that Faf has agreed to extend his contract with us. Sale Sharks have had some fantastic players throughout the professional era, there are too many to mention, but Faf is one of a few truly world class players who have been at the club," he told the official website of Sale Sharks.
"His ability, attitude and enthusiasm are second to none and are a testament to the professional he is. “