Colchester United's current longest serving player, Tom Eastman, will take his time in north Essex into its eleventh and twelfth seasons after signing a new two-year deal to remain at the JobServe Community Stadium.
A favourite among Colchester United fans, Tom Eastman put pen to paper on a new deal with the club that will keep him in north Essex until at least 2023.
The trusty centre-half recently put himself among the top ten appearance makers at the club with 411 outings for Colchester United, scoring twenty-two goals for the club in this time.
And the twenty-nine-year-old was happy to remain at the JobServe Community Stadium for another two years.
"It's nice to get it done and sorted and it's nice to have a two-year deal for me and my family. I'm really happy to get it done."
"There was a slight bit of interest from elsewhere but I was very happy to stay. I was always going to sign it so it was nice to get it done and now I'm going to start getting fit, ready for next season."
Speaking on the prospect of racking up more appearances for the U's, Eastman says he is proud of his achievements for his hometown club.
"The aim is to clocku up even more appearances over the next couple of years. I always want to play as many games as I can.
"It doesn't happen often these days for a player to stay at a club for as long as I have but it's my hometown club and it's something to be proud of.
"I feel like I can definitley keep going for a few years yet and hopefully, if I can keep performing well then that will be the case."
Interview credit: Jon Waldron, Colchester Daily Gazette