He was very much in demand from other clubs, but Shane Supple says it was his loyalty to Bohemians, and the chance of the club making a real impact next season, which convinced him to sign a new two-year deal.
Supple, one of only six players to have been an ever-present in the league this season, had been strongly linked with a move to Dundalk for the 2018 season but instead, the former U21 cap has signed up until the end of the 2019 season with Bohs, the club he supported as a boy, Rob Cornwall also agreeing a new contract this week.
"There were talks with a couple of clubs but I was happy to stay here," Supple told The Herald. "A few things made up my mind, but mainly the club and the people here, and the potential.
"We have a real chance of doing something at this club and I wanted to be part of that. It's close to home for me and it's where I want to be," said Supple, adding that money was not a motivation.
"I think players see the bigger picture now and don't want to leave to get an extra €50 a week somewhere else, be the kind of players who hop around from club to club, you want stability in your career and I can have that next season. I am ambitious, I'm not staying for the sake of it, I want to achieve things and win trophies and I feel Bohs is a club that can allow me do that."
Early on this season Bohs had the look of a side heading for relegation, a run of six defeats (and just two goals scored) in seven games making them very vulnerable.
But they regrouped, at one stage looking like potential candidates for a European finish, though Europe is now beyond them as a top-five place is the best they can aim for.
Supple and Cornwall have followed team-mates like Fuad Sule, Oscar Brennan and Warren O'Hora in signing new deals and if in-demand striker Ismahil Akinade can be persuaded to stay, Supple feels Bohs can make an impact in the season to come.
"We have a few signed up already, and the gaffer is trying to get a few more tied down, hopefully we can do that," says Supple. "The gaffer goes about his business in the right way, there's a good team there with him and Trevor Croly, and while we do need to get new faces in to make us stronger for next season, I think we can do even better.
"Keith and the board want to take this club in a certain direction, we weren't too far off this season, considering that we didn't have a striker for a while and Izzy (Akinade) only started 10 games.
"At the moment we are six points off the top four, which would have given us a place in Europe, so Europe is something we can aim for," he added ahead of Friday's season finale.