Gavin Henson has insisted there was never any doubt in his mind he would leave Wales, after signing a new four-year deal with Neath Swansea Ospreys on Monday.
The Wales inside centre has signed a contract which will keep him at the region until the end of the 2008-09 season, when he will be 27.
But Henson said the lure of foreign fields did not interest him.
"There is no need to go over the (Severn) Bridge to England or go to France to play rugby," he said.
"If you look at the facilities here at the Ospreys this is going to be one of the best clubs in Europe, so why should I move?
"I've been here since I was 18 and feel a part of the region.
"It is just great to sign and sort out my future with them, and hopefully it will be longer than four years.
"I'm just loving life at the moment, enjoying my rugby and being part of the Ospreys.
"There's a young squad here who are all tied in for the next two or three seasons, so there should be some exciting times and hopefully a Heineken Cup title in a couple of seasons."
Henson's fame and value as a sought-after commodity has shot to new heights since he kicked Wales to their famous victory over England at the start of the RBS 6 Nations Championship.
And since then Wales have also had victories over Italy and France to keep them on course for a Grand Slam showdown against Ireland later this month.
"Maybe there will be a Grand Slam," admitted the 14-time capped Henson.
"We have done so well so far and everyone is talking about it. Of course we are aware of it. It's just that we have got to go up to Scotland and get that result first.
"We have struggled up at Murrayfield in the past but if we do win that then what a massive game Ireland is going to be."
The impact of Henson's signing could be significant considering Wales have lost key players like Gareth Thomas and Stephen Jones to play in France over the last year.
And Ospreys team manager Derwyn Jones believes the Henson deal will send out the right message to a Welsh game which is in buoyant mood at the moment.
"It is great news for the Ospreys and for the Welsh game as a whole," said Jones.
"This sends out exactly the right signals at a time when the national side is doing so well. We had to make sure Gav stayed because he is one of our crown jewels.
"There was talk that he might want to play abroad, but we were always confident he would remain with the Ospreys.
"He wanted to stay. He is in an environment where his feet stay on the ground and where he knows he will get the encouragement and top-quality coaching that will help take his game to an even higher level.
"We are moving to a new stadium next season which will be a fantastic stage for Gavin and the team to perform.
"I'm sure Mike Ruddock will be pleased. Gareth Thomas and Stephen Jones going to France last year underlined the threat from overseas as far as Welsh talent goes. We have to keep our stars in Wales to act as role models for youngsters."