Worcester Warriors coach Mike Ruddock has dismissed speculation linking Rico Gear with a return to New Zealand.
The Worcester wing was rumoured to have been considering exercising a clause to enable him to break his contract and return home - after just a year at Sixways.
But Ruddock confirmed that while the former All Black does have the right to end his agreement, it is not the 30-year-old's intention, indeed the director of rugby expects to the star to see out his three year deal.
"He has a clause in his contract that says if he is unhappy at Worcester for any reason he would have an option to leave the club," Ruddock admitted. "I have spoken to his agent and he loves being at the club. He is determined to overcome some of these injuries and show just how good a player he is.
"He is keen to stay so I don't think he will be exercising that option at all, I would expect him to see out his three year contract."
Gear made just his second appearance of the season in the European Challenge Cup victory over Petrarca Padova last weekend having been out since the first game with an Achilles injury.
He marked his comeback with a try and a decent performance and can expect to start against Bucuresti Oaks this Sunday.
"He did OK," Ruddock said. "He was a little bit rusty. He scored a nice try and contributed fantastically well to our first try. He made himself availale coming into the line and timed his pass beautifully to put Alex Grove over.
"He showed his class there and hopefully he will get another game under his belt this weekend and get himself back into top form."