BROK Harris brings up a century of Dragons appearances against Clermont Auvergne tonight – and the prop is hopeful of extending his Rodney Parade stay with a fresh contract.

The 33-year-old South African has been an influential figure on and off the field since being signed from the Stormers by Lyn Jones in 2014.

Harris has been a mainstay of the XV, firstly as a tighthead that could cover at loosehead before those roles switched around last season because of the emergence of Wales prop Leon Brown.

The front rower saw lock Rynard Landman leave for France on loan last week and, like his compatriot, is out of contract at the end of the summer.

However, Harris wants to stay in Wales and is hopeful of thrashing out a fresh deal with caretaker coach Ceri Jones.

"We are negotiating and hopefully in the next couple of weeks we can get clarity and see what the future holds for me," said Harris, who is now Welsh-qualified.

"It's been a good journey for me, we have settled nicely in Wales and I have enjoyed it, making some good friends. My mindset is to try and stay here but I just have to wait and see."

INFLUENTIAL FIGURE: South African prop Brok Harris has been a mainstay of the Dragons' front row since arriving from South Africa INFLUENTIAL FIGURE: South African prop Brok Harris has been a mainstay of the Dragons' front row since arriving from South Africa

Harris arrived three months after Landman because of Currie Cup commitments and formed a close bond with his fellow South African, who he believes will be a hit with Soyaux Angouleme.

"He is a really good friend of mine and it is sad, because he is a really good player, but I wish him all the best and he will fit into the French style of rugby," said the loosehead.

"It's awkward but life goes on, you need to look forward but will miss him around the place with Rynard being Rynard, lifting everyone!"

In Harris' first three campaigns at Rodney Parade he featured in 76 of 87 games in all competitions.

However, last season he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in December and in November he was sidelined after damaging knee ligaments in training.

Harris will finally hit his ton and his return is timely against an imposing Clermont pack looking to provide a scary set of three-quarters with a solid platform.

"It's going to be a good challenge against one of the top sides in Europe and I am looking forward to it, especially with it being my 100th game and a big occasion," he said.

"I have done live scrums and mauls and a little bit of contact to test my knee and it's feeling good, now I just need game time.

"It's hard being injured. When we beat the Ospreys it was such a good feeling but it was a bittersweet moment being in the changing rooms after not being able to play."

In Harris' absence the Dragons have seen a change of boss with Jones holding the reins after the sacking of Bernard Jackman.

The players have responded with some tenacious performances, making the prop hopeful of a strong finish to the PRO14.

"The guys are in a positive space. We are putting in the hard work and it's starting to pay off," said Harris.

"With Bernard leaving and Ceri taking over, as players we can just control the controllables and back him as good as we can, doing our part.

"It's been a change but, looking from the outside over the last couple of weeks, there is confidence growing."