Newcastle defender Mike Williamson has agreed a new five-and-a-half year deal which ties him to the club until 2016.
Williamson has been instrumental in Newcastle making a solid return to the Barclays Premier League with manager Chris Hughton rating the 27-year-old as one of the finest central defenders in the top flight this season.
Former Portsmouth defender Williamson told the club's official website: "Playing in the Premier League with a club like Newcastle has been a dream for me, and I was delighted to agree a new contract to continue doing that until 2016.
"I've played in the lower leagues before, so to get the opportunity to play at St James' Park every other week - and grounds like The Emirates and Old Trafford - is fantastic for me.
"Me and my family have settled here quickly and it's great to know that we'll be staying here for a long time to come."