Nicky Butt says that there was never any doubt in his mind that he would put pen to paper on a new contract with Newcastle.
The 32-year-old signed a one-year extension to his current deal last week with the option of a further 12 months beyond that expiry.
"I've said all along that I wanted to stay here and extend my contract," said the former Man Utd ace.
"I'm happy to get it sorted and, to be honest, I always knew it would be.
"When I first signed from Man Utd I said that this was the only club I would have left for.
"It's a great club with huge potential and we have to try to help fulfil that.
"There's a lot of great lads in our dressing room and we have a good team spirit.
"It's been up and down this season but have to find a level of consistency that we know we're capable of."
"When I was down at Birmingham I probably didn't think I'd be returning to Newcastle," he added.
"But I came back, got my head down and worked hard and had a good season.
"I'm very happy with the way things have gone for me over the past 18 months and hopefully that will continue," he told the clubs official website.