LEE Bell is pleased to have committed his immediate future to Burton Albion, and says he approached manager Gary Rowett early to impress his keenness to remain at the club.
The club captain was out of contract this summer, but became one of several players to ink new deals last week.
And although Bell admitted other clubs had begun to sniff around his availability, he never wanted to leave.
“I’m delighted to be staying with Burton for another season,” he said.
“Burton was the only club I wanted to sign for, and it was something I asked the gaffer about a while back.
“I had no hesitation in agreeing and made it quite clear I wanted to stay.
“It’s good to get it sorted as I didn’t want to go anywhere.
“You start to get one or two phone calls when you’re coming to the end of your contract, but I didn’t want to leave.”
Bell admitted he had been in the position before where he had not had his future tied up at this point in the summer and – with a young family to think of – was pleased not to be in that position again.
“We had some chats a while back and it’s good to get it sorted before I go on holiday so there aren’t any distractions,” he said.
“I’ve been there a couple of times before where you didn’t know where you’re going to be next season.
“The transfer market isn’t what it used to be, so it’s getting harder and harder if you are out there looking for a club - there’s not a lot going on.
“And I have family now so it was important to get things sorted.”
Rowett has secured the futures of the spine of the team which got to the League Two play-off final, with Dean Lyness, Ian Sharps, Phil Edwards, Shane Cansdell-Sherriff and Dominic Knowles also having signed new contracts.
“It was good to see the other lads like Phil, Shane, Deano and Dom sign new deals as well,” said Bell.
“Shane has been fantastic, so I’m sure he wasn’t short of suitors.
“Deano is going to be a top-class keeper, Phil is excellent, and Dom Knowles works ever so hard and to come from non-league and be part of the Wembley squad is amazing for him.”