Brede Hangeland will delight Fulham fans today with the announcement that he has signed a new contract, ending months of speculation about his future.
The club captain has been a key player for the Cottagers since he was signed by Roy Hodgson in January 2008, and a new two-year deal, with the option of a third, is a deserved reward for the Norwegian and a great relief for manager Martin Jol.
The Dutch coach revealed last month that an agreement was close, and the news will come as a welcome boost ahead of their west London derby with relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers on Monday.
"I'm so happy, delighted," Hangeland said on fulhamfc.com.
"It's taken a long time but we're there now and I hope the club is happy - I'm certainly really happy to have signed.
"I've loved my time with Fulham. It's been a little over five years and I've felt right at home from the very first game.
"I couldn't really see myself leaving, so to finally have signed gives me a great feeling."
Jol will hope his signing will be the first of many, as the club have a number of players available to leave on a free transfer in the summer, and unless this starts a domino effect, Fulham may find themselves with a depleted squad going into the pre-season programme.
Fulham players out of contract in 2013: Mladen Petric, Mark Schwarzer, Chris Baird, Mahamadou Diarra, Giorgos Karagounis, Neil Etheridge.