Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has expressed his delight at seeing Elliott Bennett commit his future to the club.
The popular midfielder penned a new two-year deal with the club last Thursday, keeping him at Ewood Park until the summer of 2020.
Mowbray praised Bennett's positive attitude and says offering him an improved contract is part of a "long-term plan".
“Elliott has shown great commitment to the club and believes that we are going to get out this division," he said.
“I’m delighted that he has, first because of his attitude, but also because of his versatility.
“He is able to play central midfield, wide either side, off the striker, emergency full-back, whatever you want from him, he will do it.
“I don’t want to get to a situation when you have to replace eight or 10 players every summer just because players are running out of contract.
“It's a succession plan, long-term plan; whatever you want to call it. It's important that we try to get the players that I like and the ones I want to keep signed up for the longer term."
Having hailed his on-field qualities, Mowbray was also quick to highlight Bennett's character and influence on the Rovers squad.
“What I would say is that Elliott is more than just a footballer," he added. "While he’s not captain, him and Craig [Conway] probably run that dressing room.
“As a manager I don’t spend every minute in there, it’s their dressing room and when I have meetings and sometimes I blow my top at them, they have to resolve that. Any dressing room is only as good as its senior professionals.
“What you have got in Elliott Bennett is a top-class human being and a very talented footballer with a fantastic energy level.
“The fact that he is a fantastic human being, he knows right from wrong, and you need that from your senior players.”