Goalkeeper Scott Flinders has today signed a new contract with Cheltenham Town - and will now remain with the Robins until at least the summer of 2019.
Flinders joined Cheltenham at the end of August on a short-term deal.
The Rotherham-born stopper has quickly established himself at the LCI Rail Stadium and has made 12 appearances to date in all competitions.
The 31-year-old has become a firm favourite with fans and team-mates alike and has now pledged his future by putting pen to paper on a new deal.
Manager Gary Johnson said: “We’re delighted that we have secured Scott for at least a couple more seasons at Cheltenham.
“It’s not easy to find an experienced goalkeeper that’s happy to move out of the area where he lives. But Scott came here on a short-term deal until January and proved to us straight away what he was about.
“Scott has had a great start to the season, as I’m sure everybody will agree, and when you’re writing down your team sheet as a manager and the first name is an experienced goalkeeper that is a good feeling.
“He’s also of the age where he’s happy to help others, especially the young goalkeepers, and even Steve Book has become a better goalkeeper since Scott has been here!”
Flinders has made over 400 league and cup appearances in his career, starting at Barnsley where he made his debut in 2005. In the same year he made five appearances for England Under-20s.
The shot-stopper had spells at Crystal Palace, Gillingham, Brighton, Yeovil, Blackpool and Falkirk before making a permanent move to Hartlepool in 2009.
“I’m absolutely delighted to sign,” said Flinders. “When I first came through the door in August I got a great feeling about the club and it’s been really good.
“I’ve enjoyed playing football and as a whole the team is doing well and hopefully we can climb the league and do well in the cup.
“Credit to the lads, they have welcomed me into the group and I have felt at home. It’s a great feeling being wanted at a club and, on a personal note, I have been very pleased with my form.”