Tana Umaga has re-signed as the head coach of Counties-Manukau for the next two years.
Umaga, who led the Steelers to an ITM Cup championship title last weekend, said he was looking to continue the good work he has started in Pukekohe.
Counties chief executive Andrew Maddock said "We are delighted that Tana has chosen to remain with Counties-Manukau. He is well respected and possesses a special ability to build relationships with players and get the best out of them.''
Umaga said he had enjoyed his last three years at the province. "It is important for me to foster home grown talent within the region, create a good team culture and a positive environment for our players to grow,'' he said.
"Our promotion to the first division is going to bring even more challenges for both me as coach and the team. We have all worked really hard this season and I am looking forward to working even harder next season so we can carry on delivering good on field results and continue to develop good young men off the field.''