West Ham United have confirmed on their official website that defender James Collins has signed a new two-year deal with the club.
Collins, 32, initially joined the Hammers from Cardiff City back in 2005, but after leaving for Aston Villa four years later, he eventually returned to Upton Park in 2012.
The Welsh international went in to the season with his future unclear, as the club had seemingly placed Winson Reid, Angelo Ogbonna and James Tomkins ahead of him in the pecking order, and with his contract expiring at the end of the season, few Hammers fans expected Collins to be a long-term player at Upton Park.
However, Collins has stepped in admirably at times this season, offering a vastly experienced, veteran option in defence for Slaven Bilic's men.
His importance was underlined with an outstanding display at Swansea City on Sunday, as he made a host of key blocks to keep the Swans at bay, and earn his side a 0-0 draw in the process.
Many Hammers fans have since called for Collins to be handed a new contract, and that's exactly what happened on Christmas Eve, as West Ham confirmed on their official website that Collins has penned a new deal until 2018.
After the announcement, West Ham fans took to Twitter in order to react to the news, and were generally ecstatic to see Collins rewarded for his service to the club - and also hoped that his extended stay wouldn't impede the development of teenager Reece Oxford.
I'd expected that R.Oxford would get more game time over the next 2 seasons. Hopefully Collins 2-yr deal won't prevent that. #WHUFC— Barry Russell (@BarryRussell1) December 24, 2015