Midfielder Glenn Whelan believes signing a new contract with Stoke will make him more determined to perform well at club and international level.
"I can't rest on my laurels and sit on my contract," Whelan told BBC Radio Stoke. "I want to keep improving and play as many games as I can.
"The players around me and the manager will push me on, I know they will."
Whelan, who will remain at Stoke until 2015, is likely to be in the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2012.
The 28-year-old started every match of the qualifying campaign, including both play-off legs against Estonia in November as Ireland qualified for their first major tournament since 2002.
"It's a big thing for us but there's a lot of football to be played," he added. "I want to stay fit and stay in the (Stoke) team.
"If I'm not doing the business for Stoke, I won't have a chance to get in the squad.
"It's something else to push me on and hopefully get better."
The former Manchester City and Sheffield Wednesday man is closing in on 150 appearances for the Potters, having joined the club in January 2008 while they were still in the Championship.
Stoke extended their unbeaten run to five matches in all competitions with .
"It was a great result for us," said Whelan. "Dirk Kuyt had a header which he should have scored, but other from that, I don't think Thomas (Sorensen) has had to make a save."