Tony Mowbray will be happy to have Scott McDonald leading his line at Middlesbrough next season.
The Australian joined Boro last year, when Mowbray - then as Celtic manager, sold him.
Upon Mowbray's arrival at The Riverside, it was speculated that the 27-year-old would be one of the first through the exit door.
However, McDonald has impressed with eight goals in his last 13 games, and Mowbray insists he has been delighted with his contribution.
"Scott has gone away for the summer but he is loving his football here and he will be ready for next season," said Mowbray.
"He could be playing for the Australian national team next month which will help to keep him sharp.
"But he's one of those players who doesn't like to take any time off.
"Scott's goals were important to us last season, but the main thing that impressed me was his work rate.
"We asked him to do a job for us and he gave it everything he had got.
"He did a good job for the team.
"He is a committed player. There's no doubt that he will score a lot of goals for us next year."
Mowbray does admit that McDonald may be one of those players that would be allowed to leave, if a new offer was to come in.
"If another club was to ring up with an offer for Scott then it would have to be considered," he said.
"It's the same situation for most of our players.
"But we haven't received any offers for Scott and we have to work on the assumption that what we have got is what we will have.
"If that situation changes, then we will react accordingly."