A trio of Fleetwood Town stars have pledged their future to the Highbury club.
Keeper Scott Davies,top scorer Junior Brown and defender Alan Goodall have all put pen to paper on new deals, despite boss Graham Alexander suggesting last week contract talks were on hold until the summer.
Davies has signed a new three-year contract, which will keep him at Highbury until 2016, Brown has agreed a new two-year deal and full-back Goodall has extended his stay by another year.
Davies is understood to have been watched by a number of scouts from League One and Championship clubs.
Town manager Alexander is delighted to have pinned down his man long term, describing his keeper as the best in League Two.
He said: “Scotty has played all but one game for me, with that missing game due to a suspension.
“We’ve got the second-highest clean sheet record in League Two.
“He’s a fantastic character and goalkeeper, and I believe he’s the best at this level.
“He definitely can progress in his career, with his age and fantastic work ethic that he’s got.
“Day in day out he performs, and he’s everything I believe a true professional should be. “He’s a good team-mate, strong-minded and says what he thinks. “You genuinely can’t have enough of these type of people at your club.”
Alexander is only too aware of the attention other clubs have been paying to his number one.
He said “I thought that he would have been coveted by a few clubs over the summer, and it’s great that he believes in this club going where he wants to go in his career.
“I’ve seen him with my own eyes and I know exactly what I’m going to get from him.
“ He’s fantastic and a great role model for everyone at the club, when they see the extra work he puts in before and after training.”
The manager’s trust in Davies has been demonstrated in recent weeks with the keeper handed the captain’s armband in the absence of club skipper Rob Atkinson.
And it’s a quality he hopes to see more of from the 26-year-old.
“If you do the right things, you get the rewards, and that’s why I gave him the captain’s armband in recent weeks.
“He leads by example, and although it’s hard to communicate to his team as a goalkeeper I still believe he does a fantastic job. I think his character has shone through and he epitomises everything that’s good about this club.”
Another key signing is winger Junior Brown.
The former Crewe youngster has been a revelation since moving from full-back to a new wide role, from where he has scored 12 goals this season.
And manager Alexander knew how important it was to convince the ambitious 23-year-old he had a big future at Highbury.
The Fleetwood boss said:“He’s been fantastic for us and played nearly every game when he’s been fit. It’s great that he believes in what we are doing here. I know he wants to play at a higher level and it’s great he believes he can do that with us.
“That’s the aim. We want as many hungry players here as possible, people who want to strive for success and take their career for another level
“It’s a good bit of business and I think Junior is happy with the way we are doing things.
“It’s great to have him on board.”