Western Sydney Wanderers captain Michael Beauchamp has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the rookie A-League club for the 2013/14 season.
The news is a boost for the fourth-placed Wanderers ahead of their clash with third-placed Melbourne Victory at Parramatta Stadium on Tuesday.
Beauchamp, a 31-year-old central defender, has been a rock at the back for the Wanderers who have defied many experts with their impressive form in their first year in the competition.
Beauchamp, who played his junior football in Sydney's western suburbs, was thrilled to be staying at the Wanderers.
"It really means a lot to me to get another opportunity to play under (coach) Tony Popovic and be part of the squad," Beauchamp said.
"It has been a great season so far and there is more to come. What is happening here at the Wanderers is something special and it is terrific to be part of it for next season.
"It is a credit to the club, coaching staff and the boys to get the results we have achieved and to get out and represent the west of Sydney like we have."