All Blacks and Highlanders half back Aaron Smith has re-signed with the Dunedin based Super Rugby franchise for two more Super Rugby seasons taking him through to the end of the Super Rugby season in 2016.
The halfback has been in outstanding form all year and is considered by many to be one of the best halfbacks in the world today and played an important part in helping the Highlanders get into the play-offs for the first time in 12 years.
Smith said that he is enjoying life in Dunedin and playing for the Highlanders and that it "never looked like (he was) going anywhere else".
"I love living and playing rugby in Dunedin, it's my home and I couldn't think of a better place to be," said Smith.
"I love the team and can't wait to get back out on the field in front of our home fans in 2015".
Highlanders General Manager, Roger Clark, commented, "there has been a lot of speculation over the past weeks regarding Aaron's future. I want to emphasise that Aaron has been fully committed to the Highlanders from the beginning of our negotiations and did not considered another Super Rugby Team at any stage.
"The reason the NZR and Highlanders' announcements of Aaron recommitting didn't coincide was due purely to the process the Highlanders needed to go through internally for sign off."
"It is great to be able to officially confirm Aaron will be a Highlander for the two years, we have made great progress as a team this past season and as a senior player Aaron is vital to the continuation of that success."
Aaron Smith announcing his re-signing