Southend midfielder Michael Timlin has penned a new deal which should keep him at Roots Hall for another two years.
The 28-year-old, who recently spent time in prison for providing false information, has agreed a short-term contract with a view to a further two years should he prove his fitness.
Timlin is still on the comeback trail following a recent leg break and manager Phil Brown is happy to have extended the former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international's stay with the club.
"He's a real nuisance for opposing teams and is a captain in the making with the attitude he has to the game," the former Hull manager told the Southend Echo.
"If he had been fully fit for the start of the season then he would have been a real contender for the armband but I'm delighted he will be staying."