Nicky Smith has committed his future to his home region with a contract extension.
Smith, who joined the Ospreys as a teenager, has been an ever-present part of the team's setup since coming through the ranks, making 174 appearances in that time. The Waurnarlwydd product has also represented Wales on 42 occasions so far in his career.
The prop has established himself as one of the most reliable players in Welsh rugby and has been one of the Ospreys’ standout performers this season. A reliable and robust prop, Smith often acts as the foundation of the team's scrum. A scrum that lead the BKT URC in penalties won this season.
Head Coach Toby Booth was delighted with Smith’s decision to stay, adding:
“We were delighted to get this one over the line. It’s important to us that we retain our best homegrown talent and Nicky signing is further evidence of that.
“He has been one of our key leaders this season and is a crucial component of our pack. Whether it’s in the set-piece or open-play, he’s a difference maker.
“He’s an incredibly dedicated and hardworking player who always puts the team’s goals first. He’s the epitome of professionalism.”
Speaking on his decision to remain with the team, Smith said:
“This is my home region. I’ve been at the Ospreys since I was a teenager and it’s where I’ve played all my professional career so far.
“I want to play a significant role in helping the region to achieve its goals and make our supporters proud. We’ve got a great group of boys here and the coaches are all pushing us to be the best team we can be.”
With pen now to paper, Nicky will continue to be an essential piece of the Ospreys' puzzle as they look to progress next season and, in the years to come.