Next season I am looking to play more minutes
Japanese Test hooker Shota Horie has earned another Super Rugby season at the Melbourne Rebels.
With regular rake Ged Robinson returning to his native New Zealand, Horie has the chance to push for the starting role after signing a new one-year deal on Thursday.
Horie has been in impressive form of late, playing a starring role for Japan in the Pacific Nations Cup during the break in the Australian component of the Super Rugby season.
"I am very glad to stay here in Melbourne for the 2014 season," he said.
"In my first year, I could not contribute to the team as much as I would have liked, but was able to learn a lot about Super Rugby.
"Next season I am looking to play more minutes."
Rebels assistant coach and former Wallaby Matt Cockbain said Horie was showing signs of his ability to be a Super Rugby starter next year.
"Shota is one of the most skilful forwards in the competition," said Cockbain. "His set piece has come a long way in one season, in particular his scrummaging.