Ben Rix has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract with Crewe Alexandra.
The midfielder came through the youth ranks at Gresty Road but fell down the pecking order last season and was loaned out to both Scarborough and Bournemouth.
Rix has responded this season though and has established himself as a key member of Dario Gradi's side.
His performances have been rewarded by a new deal, and he is now tied to the club until the summer of 2009.
Michael O'Connor, Gary Roberts, Nicky Maynard and Luke Varney have all recently pledged their futures to Crewe.