Stoke City have been boosted by the news that experienced defender Danny Higginbotham has signed a one-year extension with the Britannia Stadium outfit.
The former Sunderland, Southampton, Derby and Manchester United stopper has extended his deal by 12 months ensuring he is tied to the club until the summer of 2013.
He has been a key figure in the club's success since he returned to Stoke for his second spell following promotion to the Premier League in 2008 and he made his 200th top-flight appearance against Manchester United on Sunday.
Manager Tony Pulis is delighted with the attributes Higginbotham brings to the table and is happy rewarding and looking after the club's players who have been integral to their success over the years.
"We wanted to cement Danny's future with the club because he is such a good professional and it is important we look after certain players at the football club who started all this off," Pulis told their official website.
"I've got a lot of time for Danny because he is one who falls into that category. He may not be in the side on a regular basis at the moment, but he still has a crucial role to play, as do a number of other players in a similar situation.
"The fabric of a football club is made up of the whole cloth, not bits and pieces, so we are delighted Danny will remain a part of that."