Veteran John Terry put pen to paper on a new Chelsea contract last night and I suspect it won’t be the last deal he signs with the club.
The legendary centre-half agreed a new one-year extension at Stamford Bridge to keep him with the Premier League leaders until the end of the 2015-16 campaign.
It was the outcome Jose Mourinho promised supporters only three weeks ago and the Special One expressed his belief at the time that this would not be the last time Terry jots his signature down on papers in SW6.
Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole were both shown the door last summer before Terry was eventually kept on. It wasn’t time for Terry to follow them out of the Bridge yet.
His man of the match performance in the Capital One Cup final triumph over Tottenham showed exactly why the Blues cannot afford to let their captain leave right now.
And if he continues to play like he has been this season, arguably the league’s finest defender, Mourinho’s prediction could well become a reality.
Twelve months ago, Terry was still sweating on his future as he waited for the club to decide whether to sanction fresh terms.
He had to hang on until May 13 last year before finally putting pen to paper on an extension which took him into a 20th year at Stamford Bridge.
In line with club policy for players over the age of 30, Terry eventually signed a one-year deal, but his excellent form in 2014-15 has meant the Blues hierarchy haven’t dragged their heels this time.
Terry is back to his best and first-choice in the heart of Jose Mourinho’s defence, with Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill still learning from the master with the armband.
Concerns over Terry’s fitness, which emerged under previous boss Rafa Benitez, are long gone and the talisman has already played 40 games and scored six times this term under Mourinho.
The Portuguese’s role in Terry’s resurgence mustn't be overlooked either and Terry was quick to salute his boss when announcing the news yesterday.
“The honesty that he had with me when he first took over, basically: 'play well and stay in the team. If not there will be other players that will come in and step in'," Terry said.
"He just demands that from everyone on a daily basis. He's doing everything right at the moment. We're top of the league and everyone's hungry."
"I'm delighted to stay for another year. And hopefully there could be a few more years after this."
Terry has called time on his England career and the extended rest that decision gives him during international breaks, like this week, appears to be paying dividends.
March 2014 was arguably the month that cost Chelsea the Premier League to Manchester City last season as they stumbled in an exciting race for the title.
Terry put through his own net at Selhurst Park to give Crystal Palace the points and many people believe this was the moment the trophy slipped from Mourinho’s grasp.
Did the Blues defender’s uncertain future last year play a part? I’m not so sure, but it obviously can’t have helped both Terry or his team mates at a vital point in the campaign.
We’d already had one contract saga this season with Eden Hazard, Mourinho fielding weekly questions about the Belgian at his press conferences.
The Special One joked he was waiting for the chance to go to Sloane Street to buy a new pen before the five-and-a-half-year deal was signed.
Mourinho grew tired of the questions, as did the fans, and thankfully Terry’s future is now clear. Chelsea can’t afford another sloppy end to the season again.
With their skipper committed to the cause and firing on all cylinders, I can’t see another slip up this time. Terry should be celebrating his new deal by lifting the Premier League trophy come May 24.