Alex Tettey says he is very grateful to the Norwich City hierarchy after putting pen-to-paper on a new two-year deal at Carrow Road.
Tettey, 32, signed on the dotted line on Wednesday, extending his stay in Norfolk until at least 2020, and he could not hide his delight at committing his future to the Canaries.
“I’m very happy and pleased to have signed,” said the Norwegian midfielder. “It means a lot coming from the club that they want me to be here after being here for so long.
“It’s been a couple of months where there’s been a lot of thinking by me and my family as well. I’m very pleased it’s done and my head can be somewhere else.
“[I love] the fans, the way the club has been driven, the people and also since I’ve been here, I’ve enjoyed myself.
"It’s more like a family club [here] and I think it suits me a lot.”
Tettey didn’t play any of Daniel Farke’s first four Sky Bet Championship games but has since gone on to become a vital part of the City midfield this season.
“It was so early. I think there were four or five games without me being in the team and then, it was so long to go before the season ended.
“You do get some feelings of: ‘Why?’ but I understood the reasons as well with the new coach and he wants to play the players he wants to play. It’s football.
“I’m experienced enough to understand what football is about. It’s not just about training and games, there’s more to it from the outside as well. It’s something I understand more of now with my experience.”
Tettey has captained the side on a number of occasions this season in the absence of Russell Martin and Ivo Pinto and it’s a role he enjoys fulfilling.
“I’ve done that a couple of times - I remember the first time in the Premier League. It’s a proud thing to do especially when you are a foreign player at an English football club.
“It’s always something you are proud of. But as well, if I don’t have the captain’s armband, that’s fine with me! I’m not demanding that.”
He has also enjoyed the methods of the new regime: “He [Daniel Farke] is a new coach, his philosophy is very good. We are playing football and enjoying it.
“We have learned a lot as well from this season. Sometimes it’s not just playing football, the Championship demands a lot of aspects from you to win games.
“I think he’s been very good for us in terms of philosophy and way of playing football and with him next season, we’ll be even better because everyone will know what he wants from us.”
As for Tettey’s plans for when the season finishes after the trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, he said: “For me, it’s time to take a vacation and get my body right because I’m not getting any younger and then come back and try and do my best for the team.”