Midfielder Karl Duguid wants to remain at Colchester not just for the rest of his career - but beyond his playing career.
The 33-year-old spent 14 years with the Essex club and, following a spell with Plymouth, sealed his return to the Weston Homes Stadium in the summer by penning a one-year deal.
Duguid had to wait until Saturday for his first start of the season but firmly grasped his opportunity with a brace and a man of the match performance.
He told the Green'Un: "I've got a year's contract and I was just showing that I want to be here, not just for the rest of my career, but for the rest of my life.
"I went away for three years (to Plymouth) and I enjoyed my time there, but I missed this place. When I got the chance to play for the football club again it was special, and I thank the manager and the chairman for that."
Manager John Ward added: "I'm delighted for Karl and he's a terrific senior professional. He knows it won't be a glory day every day but he has every right to enjoy it and so he should."