Motherwell have been boosted by the news Everton duo Lukas Jutkiewicz and John Ruddy will remain at Fir Park until the end of the season.
Both have impressed at the Clydesdale Bank Premier League club since their arrival on loan from Goodison Park in the summer.
The Steelmen were keen to retain the services of both players for the second half of the campaign. And, after interim boss Craig Brown held talks with Everton manager David Moyes yesterday, both players have been given the go-ahead to extend their loans until the end of the season.
Goalkeeper Ruddy has kept eight clean sheets so far this term - the most in the SPL - while striker Jutkiewicz has also impressed, scoring eight goals.
"Both John and Lukas have been consistent performers throughout the campaign and we're delighted that both will remain with us,'' said Brown. "I'd like to thank the chairman, John Boyle, for financing the deal, which gives us a major boost in our challenge for a top-six place.''