Middlesbrough have confirmed that Australian ace Rhys Williams has signed a new four-and-half-year deal.
Sky Sports revealed on Saturday that Boro were hopeful of tying him down to a new contract.
Now the 23-year-old, who had 18 months left on his previous deal, has committed himself to the club until 2016.
Williams, who can play in midfield or defence, has been attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs in recent months, and Bolton had a bid rejected in January.
But Williams, who is a product of Boro's academy, has now decided to sign a fresh deal at The Riverside.
"I've always said I wanted to stay," he said.
"I'm happy here and that's the main thing. I'm settled and get on well with the manager and the lads.
"I've no reason to leave except for my dream of playing in the Premier League - and I want to get there with his club.
"My fiancee has settled here, I know the town and have a lot of friends here. I couldn't be happier, to be honest."
Boro boss Tony Mowbray was delighted that Williams had decided to sign a new deal.
"Rhys is an important cog as we move forward trying to build a team to get us into the Premier League," he said.
"This is an important statement from the club to try to tie down one of the players we feel we can move forward with."