Watford skipper John Eustace has signed a contract extension until 2013.
The 31-year-old midfielder's previous deal was due to expire next summer and had been linked with a move to npower Championship rivals Derby.
Eustace moved to Vicarage Road from Stoke for £250,000 in 2008 and has made 119 appearances for the Hornets, scoring 12 goals.
He grabbed Watford's first goal of last season in their surprise opening-day win at Norwich and went on to make 42 appearances, netting six times.
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.