GLASGOW WARRIORS full-back Bernado Stortoni has delighted the Firhill faithful by signing a new two year extension.
It was feared the Argentinean international would be looking for one final big move before the end of his career but has decided to stay on and help boss Sean Lineen in his bid to have Glasgow competing at the highest level.
Stortoni joined the club from Bristol back in 2007 and not only helped fans ease the pain of losing his predecessor, Rory Lamont, he has made himself into a fans favourite.
And although the progress of the club and the fans' backing were factors in him staying, as far as Bernie is concerned, family comes first.
He said: "I know some people have speculated that I might be seeking a big move to end my career but I have my family to think of.
"Moving to an English or French team might be very rewarding but I'm settled here, so is my wife and my children are too - it wouldn't be fair to have them change schools at this stage as they are very happy there.
"Plus there is also some unfinished business at Glasgow to take care of. I have seen this team make good progress and if we don't achieve success this season, then I want to help them make that extra step.
"I am very happy to stay on. The fans are very supportive, the players are great team-mates and the coach was a big factor too.
"When I arrived three years ago, Sean gave me the confidence to play the type of game you see me perform every week.
"Sean wants Glasgow to be competing with the likes of Munster and Leinster and I want to help Glasgow be as successful as those two."
Boss Lineen was delighted to keep Stortoni adding: "Bernie is the heartbeat of the team.
"He's been here for a few years now and has a great attitude and work ethic. The guy is exceptional.
"He looks after himself really well and takes real pride in his performance.
"He wants to do well for Glasgow and I think he's really developed his game over the last three years.
"So much so that he got back into the Argentina team.
"But now it's all about Glasgow and it's great to have him around."
Meanwhile, Stortoni has urged Scotland fans not to lose hope following thier dismal start to the Six Nations which has seen them lose three out of three.
With England and Ireland still to play, some a fearing a wooden spoon but Bernie says there is no cause for panic as Scots boss Andy Robinson will have our national side competing in the 2011 World Cup.
He said: "They have played well but it is the little mistakes which has cost them so far.
"That's how tough international rugby is but Scotland have shown signs that they are improving.
"It was the same with us at Argentina.
We made mistakes but learned from them and went on to finish third in the last World Cup.
"Scotland need more time to grow together as a team and I'm sure they will come good in New Zealand in two years time."