Middlesbrough defender Seb Hines has ended any speculation surrounding his future after signing a three-year contract extension.
The 24-year-old was attracting interest from new Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers, having shaken off the injuries which had plagued his early career, but he has decided to stay at The Riverside.
Academy product Hines has spent all of his career to date at Middlesbrough and committed to continuing that association before joining the club's squad at a training camp in Portugal.
"From our point of view, it's a reward for Seb's consistent performances last year," manager Tony Mowbray told Middlesbrough's official website.
He added: "In recent years, he has a lot of injuries, but he has shown the quality he possesses.
"When he got a run of games last year he played his part in a defensive unit that functioned well."
The fully-fit Hines played Boro's last 21 games of the season and impressed during 2012 to leave Mowbray with high hopes for the new campaign.
"We're looking for him to continue in a similar vein and to compete with the centre halves we have at the club," said Mowbray.
"We also want him to help the team remain defensively strong. We're looking forward to working with Seb over the next three years."