Middlesbrough supporters can rest a little easier, with Grant Leadbitter having committed his long-term future to the club.
The highly-rated midfielder has penned an extension on Teesside that will keep him with the Boro until 2018.
There was a fear that the 28-year-old would only make it to the end of the season, with his previous deal ticking down.
The agreeing of fresh terms was, however, always considered to be a top priority for those at the Riverside Stadium.
Manager Aitor Karanka told the club’s official website: “I’m very pleased Grant has signed his new contract.
“Firstly, he is a very important player for the team, but he is also someone who is finishing his contract and can have offers from other clubs. So it is great news that he has decided to stay with us.
“He believes in the project at the club, and that is something I want to see from my players. Grant is a very good example to everyone as a professional.”
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Leadbitter has been heavily linked with a move away from the North East in recent times, but would appear to have finally brought an end to the exit rumours.
Nottingham Forest have been among those to express an interest in the 28-year-old, but they turned their attention elsewhere after being met by a defiant response from Middlesbrough.
Karanka can now expect to negotiate the January transfer window without the need to field further enquiries, with his former Ipswich Town man having bought into a project which currently has the Boro sat fifth in the Championship table and pushing hard for a Premier League return.