Guy Moussi has committed his future to Nottingham Forest by penning a new three-year contract.
The combative French midfielder saw his previous deal at the City Ground expire at the end of June.
Forest always maintained that they were keen to tie him down on fresh terms, but allowing his deal to run down left them in a difficult position.
Moussi was reported to be attracting Premier League interest at the time, with three productive years at the City Ground proving that he has what it takes to hold his own in English football.
A change of manager may have worked in Forest's favour, though, as Steve McClaren made Moussi a top priority following his appointment as Billy Davies' successor.
The former England boss flew to France to thrash out terms and, as reported by skysports.com on Monday, the 26-year-old has now put pen to paper.
"I spoke to a lot of the other lads when I was in France and they told me a lot of positive things about the new manager," Moussi told Forest's official website.
"I already knew he was a good coach and I'm looking forward to working with him.
"I'm very happy now I'm back at Forest...now it's time to get down to work."