BURTON Albion captain Jake Buxton has extended his stay at the Pirelli Stadium after signing a new deal for the 2019/20 season.
Buxton first joined the Brewers in the 2008/2009 season that saw the club enter the Football League for the first time before joining manager Nigel Clough at Derby County.
He returned to the Pirelli Stadium eight years later to reunite with Clough and to become the Brewers skipper.
The manager said: "Since coming back into the team around Christmas time Jake has been outstanding and has been as instrumental as anybody in our resurgence in the second half of the season.
"We have never had any doubt about him. He’s hardly lost a header and when he was missing at Southend we conceded two goals from set pieces. We certainly need him around.
"With Jake being the sort of person and character that he is, he doesn’t just want to hang around for the sake of it. He wants to be in with a chance of playing, which of course he is. He’s not one of those who will take another year because he can."
Buxton said: "I'm over the moon to be doing another year. I said I would sit down and speak to the manager at the end of the season and see where we were going with things and what was expected of me if I did stay on and carry on playing. I was encouraged by what was said and I'm delighted to do another year and hopefully now help us push for promotion."