Whitby Town stalwart Dave McTiernan had no hesitation in turning down offers from elsewhere before agreeing a new contract at the club.
The 31-year-old midfielder put pen to paper on the two-year deal on Monday, extending his long stay with a team that he admits are close to his heart.
“There was contact from other clubs, as there always is at this time of year, but it wasn’t a hard decision to commit to Whitby Town,” McTiernan said.
“I spoke to the gaffer who told me that he wanted me to stay and be a part of things going forward, and from there everything got sorted out very quickly.
“I love playing for Whitby and I’m looking forward to next season as there is only one way that this club is going under Chris Hardy, and that is upwards.”
McTiernan initially joined the Seasiders in 2003/04, playing 163 times in a blue shirt before departing the Turnbull Ground for spells at Harrogate Town and then Newcastle Blue Star.
He returned in 2010, and having made 355 appearances for Town, is rapidly closing in on the club’s all-time appearance record, a feat that he is keen to achieve.
“I think I need to play about another 70 more games, it’s nice to have something to aim for and I’d really like to get there,” he added.
“I’ve always been naturally fit, but the gaffer is big on fitness and that’s something I have embraced.
“I’m feeling in good shape so hopefully I’ve got plenty to offer over the next two seasons and I can break that record.”
McTiernan is the fourth member of the Blues’ playing staff to agree a two-year contract in the close season after goalkeeper Shane Bland, striker Mikey Roberts and player-coach Lee Bullock signed up earlier this month.