Dwayne Peel has won 72 Wales caps since his debut in Japan 2001
Welsh scrum-half Dwayne Peel has ended weeks of speculation by signing a new two-year contract at Sale Sharks.
The 28-year-old had been linked with a move back to his former region Llanelli Scarlets, the club he left at the end of the 2007/08 season, and the Dragons.
"We have a good set of players at the club and I am looking forward to helping them achieve success in the next two years," said Peel.
"I still have ambitions to play [again] for Wales too."
British & Irish Lion Peel, whose contract was due to expire in the summer, has been at the centre of club versus country conflicts over the past two seasons.
English clubs do not have an agreement with the Welsh Rugby Union over player release outside of designated windows.
But added Peel: "[I] hope to put myself into contention for a call up before the end of the Six Nations."
He could have had his pick of other clubs to join but has committed himself to Sale Sharks
Peel was excluded from Wales coach Warren Gatland's original 35-man squad for the RBS Six Nations because of a groin injury he picked up in Sale's Heineken Cup clash against Cardiff Blues.
But Wales have confirmed Peel will be back in the squad when he recovers from the groin problem.
Peel's decision to stay at Sale was probably eased by his scrum-half rival Richard Wigglesworth signing a deal with Saracens this week.
"I am really pleased that Dwayne has committed to a new deal," Sale's director of rugby Kingsley Jones.
"He could have had his pick of other clubs to join but has committed himself to Sale Sharks and he will play a very important role with the club.
"He is a complete professional both on and off the field and is a very well respected member of the squad."
Added Peel: "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Sale Sharks and have been made to feel very welcome from day one."