Tottenham captain Michael Dawson has told the official club website that it was "an absolute honour" to sign a new contract, extending his stay at White Hart Lane until 2016.

"I was delighted to be offered a new deal, I thank the chairman, the gaffer and now I've got to go out there, play well and try to repay them" Dawson commented.

If he sees out his new contract, Dawson would have spent the last decade in north London.

The defender made his White Hart Lane debut in January 2005 and has played 293 games since, becoming a huge favourite with the fans and in the dressing room.

The England international still remembers his first day at the club.

"I remembered the day I signed - or should that be night," he added. "Deadline day, January, 2005, going from the hotel, driving down Luxborough Lane and arriving at Spurs Lodge with Andy Reid. I remember it as if it was yesterday.

"It's a great football club to be at. I love the club, love the fans, I loved the welcome I received when I first arrived."

The Spurs centre-back says he learnt from former skipper, Ledley King and hopes to continue to have an enjoyable career with Tottenham.

"There have been some incredible highs and lows and I've played with some world-class footballers, players like Ledley King, who I learned so much from and took the armband when he retired." the defender continued.

"It's a massive honour to be captain of this football club and hopefully the next three years will be great."

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