Exeter City's Scot Bennett feels "over the moon" after signing a new contract at St James Park.
The 21-year-old signed a new deal earlier this week and says his aim is to become a first-team regular.
"It's brilliant news for me personally," Bennett told BBC Devon.
"I've worked really hard this year to get in and establish myself, I feel I've done that to an extent, so I can now look to next year and hopefully get in and play a bit more regularly."
The Grecians have struggled with injury problems this season, with Bennett, Danny Coles and Richard Duffy sidelined for long periods.
"To have that many injuries in one year is unbelievable really, and the length of the injuries as well," he said.
Exeter must win at Carlisle on Saturday and hope that other results go their way of they are to have a chance of staying in League One.
But Bennett believes that if Exeter do go down, they have got the quality to bounce straight back up.
"We're disappointed but all we can do now is look on to next year," he said.
"They've got people coming through that are Exeter through and through and they want to get in and do well for the club.
"There are very talented youngsters coming through, the six that we've just signed have all got their own qualities and can bring a lot to the club, so for next year it's definitely looking bright."
The versatile Bennett has featured in both defence and midfield this season, and says he is happy to play wherever he is needed.
"I was a centre midfielder, then I got moved back to centre-back where I've established myself for five or six years, now I've come through into midfield," he said.
"I don't mind if I play there for the rest of the season, I don't mind if I play there for the rest of my career to be honest, as long as I'm playing football and I'm on the pitch I'm happy."