Neil Austin has become the latest player to commit his future to Hartlepool Utd by signing a new deal with the club.
Defender Austin was one of several players who had been offered new terms at Victoria Park.
Now the full-back – who played a lot of his football at left-back during 2013/14 before his season was prematurely ended by a toe injury in February – has put pen to paper.
“I’m delighted to sign a new contract, it’s nice to get pen to paper and I’m already looking forward to coming back,” said Austin.
“It doesn’t seem like two minutes since I signed for the club and I wasn’t sure I would be here for five years so I’m buzzing now and I just want to get flying now in time for pre-season.” the 31-year-old told the club’s website.
It is five years this week since the stalwart full-back arrived at Victoria Park from rivals Darlington and he’s since gone on to become an important member of the squad, making 198 appearances in total.
Austin got off to a flying start at The Vic and was voted Fans’ Player of the Year in his first season with the club, while in 2011/12 he became the first outfield player in 10 years to play every single minute of the campaign.
Austin is capable of playing anywhere across the back four or in midfield on occasion and has become a key member of manager Colin Cooper’s squad.