"I'd sign a contract every year here if I could," the Australia international said. "For footballers, the big thing is stability and security for your family. Here you can a see a goal and you can see where we are going. The club have put the money up for me and the big players and they have shown they are looking to build.
"In the last three years we have smashed the club's transfer record - for James Beattie, AJ (Andrew Johnson) and then Yakubu Ayegbeni - and the gaffer has brought stability. Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert signed new contracts this week and we believe the core of a good side is there."