142-times capped Australian flanker George Smith has extended his stay with Bristol Bears for the remainder of the Gallagher Premiership campaign.
Initially signed on a six-month deal, the club and player have mutually agreed to a contract extension.
“George [Smith] has been a superb addition to the squad, as we were confident he would be,” said head coach Pat Lam.
“Not only for his performances in the Premiership, where he has been one of our leaders on the pitch, but also for the way he has carried himself off the field.
“George sets a positive example and the advice and mentoring he provides to the younger guys is invaluable. He brings nous and experience to us in a key position in the team. We’re delighted to keep him here, and he’s really enjoying it here, so it was an easy decision for both parties to make.”
The decorated Australian international has featured in every top flight game this season, helping Bristol to two wins from their opening six fixtures.
He added: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the first couple of months here and it’s a great environment to be a part of. The boys are really buying into the club vision and what we are trying to achieve.
“There’s plenty of rugby left to be played and I’m looking forward to continuing to contribute to Bristol Bears however I can.”