Reds re-sign Horwill
Super 15 leaders Queensland have re-signed skipper James Horwill for a further two years.
In addition to extending his contract to the conclusion of the 2013 season, Brisbane-boy Horwill has been appointed as players' representative on the QRU board.
The re-signing of the 25-year-old Australia lock came as no surprise, with Horwill publicly stating his desire to stay employed in his state of birth.
Horwill admitted he had not even entertained the possibility of gauging his worth on the open market.
"It wasn't a hard decision. I didn't want to go anywhere else. I didn't look anywhere else," he said. "We wanted to get a fair deal for both parties and once we arranged that it was just simple. It's good it's all done and finalised now, and we can move on with it."
Reds coach Ewen McKenzie was delighted to have Horwill locked down and lavished praise on his captain, declaring him the ultimate team-player.
"It's good to announce that we've got one very important player signed," he said. "I was never concerned that he was going anywhere else. He's a very loyal and valued contributor here, so we were quite confident he was going to remain with us.
"James is critical to what we are trying to achieve here. He not only motivates the team through his words but also through his actions. He's a class act."
The Reds hope re-signing Horwill - an integral part of their success thus far in 2011 - will help sway the decisions of others coming off contract.
"We hope we keep as much of the team together as possible. We're creating something special and the boys, not only on the field, but off the field, get on really well," said Horwill.