John Afoa looks set to finish his playing career at Bristol Bears as the former All Black has signed on for a further season, extending his time at Ashton Gate until 2020/21.
The 35-year-old remains one of the best players in the world in his position and was named in the Gallagher Premiership team of the season in 2018/19 after a remarkable first season for the Bears.
His new deal means the prop will have another two seasons at the Bears including this up-coming campaign.
Afoa has enjoyed a distinguished club career so far, representing the Blues, Ulster and Gloucester before his switch to Bristol in 2018.
“It was a fantastic first season for Bristol and an easy decision to extend for another year,” said Afoa.
I’ve been in a lot of different team environments, but the culture and togetherness that Pat Lam has instilled here is right up there with the best.
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“I’d like to thank my wife Theresa, children Mateo, Chloe and Violet and my family overseas for their constant backing throughout my career.
“I’ve been away from the UK for nearly ten years now and their support and understanding has been invaluable.
“I’m enjoying my rugby and contributing to the club vision. There’s lots of excitement about what the team can achieve and the quality of players that we have in the squad. We’re focused on kicking on now in the coming season and reaching those goals.”