Nick Montgomery has given Sheffield United a boost by signing a new three-year contract at Bramall Lane.
The Blades have also offered new deals to Gary Naysmith, Stephen Quinn and Richard Cresswell as they bid to make a serious push for the Premier League next season.
The 28-year-old has been rewarded for a fine season with the Championship side having walked away with the club's player of the year award and players' player of the year award at the end of the campaign.
There had been talk of an approach from Montgomery's hometown club Leeds, but the long-serving Blades favourite has penned a new deal, much to the delight of United's chief executive Trevor Birch.
"Nick is one of the players who, like (captain) Chris Morgan, we see as being part of the backbone of the squad for next season," he said.
"He brings valuable experience for Kevin Blackwell and his contract signing is another significant step forward by the club as it seeks to mould a squad to mount a sustained challenge in the Championship."
Montgomery added: "It's great to have the contract talks sorted. I've had some special years with United and now I'm focused on looking forward to playing my part in getting the Blades back to the Premier League."
Montgomery has come through the ranks with United and made his first-team debut back in October 2000 against Norwich and went on to feature 26 times in the Premier League in 2006/07.