John White has signed a new contract to extend his time with League One outfit Colchester United.
He put pen-to-paper on the improved deal prior to the club's opening game of the season away at Hartlepool.
The reliable defender is delighted to have resolved the issues surrounding his future and is now looking forward to the campaign ahead.
"All I want to do is concentrate on my football, so it was great to sign the new contract ahead of our first game," White told the club's official website.
"I have been at the club for a long time now and this contract allows me to extend my time here even further."
White appeared to have fallen out of favour under Geraint Williams last season, but was revitalised by a loan spell at Stevenage.
The 22-year-old admits that his time spent in the Blue Square Premier put him in better shape to push for a first-team role on his return to his parent club.
"It was a big decision for me to go out on loan but I hadn't had any run of games before then to really get match fit," he said.
"Stevenage had six or seven matches during my month there and my fitness definitely benefited from those games, allowing me to return and be ready for first-team football with the U's."