For Gill, such longevity is worthy of praise in itself.
"They were not the most difficult negotiations," he told MUTV. "In the modern-day game, someone who is loyal to the club - from junior to senior ranks - and who has 18 trophies is very important.
"Quite rightly, he is respected through the game - with what he has achieved, and how he has achieved it.
"Everyone can recognise that he is a true gentleman and a true ambassador for this great game and this great club."