Exeter City midfielder Tommy Doherty has extended his contract at St James Park until the end of the season.
The 33-year-old Northern Ireland international and has played 17 times this season, starting 11 games.
"I didn't want to weaken the side by Tommy leaving us," Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale told BBC South West Sport.
"I've been very happy with Tommy. He's obviously happy with us, he's enjoying his football and I'm pleased."
Doherty spent last season in the Blue Square Bet Premier with and Bath City before moving back into the Football League.
He spent nine years at Bristol City before signing for Queens Park Rangers in the summer of 2005 and went on to play for Wycombe and Bradford before
During his time at Ashton Gate he won all nine of his Northern Ireland caps, the last coming in their 4-0 defeat by England in a World Cup qualifier at Old Trafford in March 2005.
"He's a proper competitor, he's a very good footballer, got a very instinctive football mind and can see the situation in front of him very quickly, better than most," Tisdale said.
"He's a lovely chap to have around and he's more than happy to be part of the squad here.
"He's not played every game, but when he has played he's given 100%.
"He's not only brought quality but that real competitive edge that he brings to his game when he's been called upon."