Aaron Muirhead says he owed it to Partick Thistle to sign a new two-year contract after they plucked him from Third Division football last summer.
The 22-year-old defender went on to make 36 appearances as Thistle won the Division One title.
"I really enjoyed my first year with Thistle, so it didn't take me too long to decide to extend my contract," said the former Annan Athletic player.
"I owe Thistle for giving me the chance of full-time football."
Muirhead is looking forward to his first season in the Scottish Premier League.
"Going from the Third Division to the SPL is quite a difference," he told Thistle's website.
"Playing in the SPL will be a challenge for us all, but one we are looking forward to.
"We've lost a couple of players since the end of last season and we have a pretty young squad, but we still have the core of the squad from last season.
"The manager obviously knows what players he wants to bring in and the positions that he wants to strengthen.
"He's already , who will be good signings, to the squad."