Adam Yates has agreed a contract extension with Port Vale.
The defender's current contract was due to run expire early in the New Year.
The new deal means he will remain at Vale Park until the end of the 2017/18 season.
The 34-year old - who is the club's longest serving player after arriving at Vale Park in 2009 - is currently recovering from horrific facial injuries suffered whilst playing in a reserves game against Morecambe at the end of November.
The defender commented: “I am grateful to the manager, to Colin [Garlick] and to the owner to have shown faith in me, especially after what has been reported in the last few days.
“Obviously, as a player, when you suffer an injury your first thought is the future, getting better and getting back playing. The club have offered me this chance, and I am massively grateful – especially given the situation I am in.”
Not only was Yates grateful to the club, he also had a message for those who helped and offered their support and love at this difficult time: “I especially want to thank Dr. Pete Grime and the staff at the University Hospital of North Midlands, as well as the people who picked me up in the ambulance – I have tried to find out who they are, but couldn’t.
“Thank you for helping me during my injury and getting me to where I am now.
“I also want to thank the supporters and my family for their thoughts and cards after the injury – the support from you all really means a lot.
“Hopefully this will galvanise the fans and the boys to get this club where it deserves to be; further up the league. Hopefully the support that I have been shown today and over the past few weeks can be extended to the lads from the supporters in the stands.”
Manager Neil Aspin was also delighted with the contract extension: “My feelings straight from when he got injured, not just because of what type of lad he is and as a professional who I have a lot of respect for - I felt that it was the right thing to do.
“I am really pleased the Club took the decision to do that for Adam.
“It was a hell of a blow that he received, and he sustained injuries that you don’t normally get in football, and the main thing is that Adam makes a full recovery and that he has no long lasting effects of the injury.”
Owner of the club Norman Smurthwaite commented: “Having witnessed first-hand the awful injury that Adam sustained I felt it was our duty to support a player who had given so much service to the club and a player that I have a very good relationship with.
"Adam is a true professional and not only has he conducted himself very well, he has always represented the club impeccably. Hopefully he fully recovers from his injuries and he rebounds back in the football arena very soon.