John-Joe O'Toole has expressed his delight after signing a new two-year contract with League One club Colchester.
The 23-year-old midfielder has struggled with injuries since joining the U's from Watford in January 2010, but boss John Ward is confident those problems are now behind him.
"I'm really pleased because I firmly believe the best is still to come from John-Joe," Ward told the U's official website.
"He has had two injuries which can largely be put down to bad luck but he is repaired, healed and ready to go now for next season.
"John-Joe is a strong, powerful midfielder who can also score goals.
"We have given him a two-year deal and are now looking for him to push on and take the team forward. He is still a relatively young player, not quite 24 yet, and I believe we can get two good years out of him."