Bournemouth's Steve Cook has signed a new three-year contract with the club.
The 23-year-old defender made 40 appearances for the Cherries last term in their debut Championship season.
Cook told BBC Radio Solent: "It's very nice as a young player to secure my future for another three years.
"You see many footballers going out of the game early so I'm delighted to have a bit of a cushion and hopefully I can improve over that time and we'll see what happens after that."
Cook had been linked with a possible move away from the Goldsands Stadium but the new deal puts an end to the speculation.
"It was quite amusing seeing some rumours on Twitter," he added.
"I'm not sure how true they were but it never came across my mind to leave, I was never going anywhere.
"I jumped at the chance to come here and I jumped at the chance to stay here.
"The club has come a very long way since I've been here and hopefully we can keep improving."
Manager Eddie Howe feels Cook has earned the contract for a very good season.
"I thought he was excellent for us last year," he said. "Considering the age that he is and the progress he has made in a relatively short period of time, I think he deserves this contract and it settles down any speculation that he's part of our long-term plans.
"We had no bids for Cookie but you can see the potential in him and as a footballing centre-half there are few better than him in this division."
Cook has made 89 appearances and has scored four times for Bournemouth since joining in January 2012.