The Western Force have re-signed club stalwart Matt Hodgson for the 2017 Super Rugby season.

The openside flanker and three-time Nathan Sharpe Medal winner will head into his 12th season with the club – who along with Pek Cowan – are the last inaugural players of the Western Force.

“It’s great to put pen to paper and I’m thrilled to be here for another season,” he said. “I always wanted to keep playing at the Force and as long I’m adding value I want to be a part of this team.”

In the coming years, Hodgson will look towards the end of his incredible career with the club he started with, and transition into a skills coaching position.