Kosta Gadzhalov penned a new 12-month deal with Dundee last week and the reaction from the majority of fans was one of delight.
The Bulgarian defender, who joined the Dark Blues during the January transfer window in 2015, has become a favourite among the Dens faithful.
However, the 28-year-old has been far from a regular starter during his two-and-a-half year stay in the City of Discovery.
Indeed, during his time at Dens, he’s made only 40 appearances, many of which have been from the substitutes’ bench.
So how has Gadzhalov managed to win over the fans?
Tele Sport takes a look at the attributes which make the unassuming Bulgarian such a popular figure at the club.
There can be no doubt about Gadzhalov’s commitment. Every time he pulls on a dark blue shirt he gives 100% to the cause.
Even when he has had to spend time on the bench waiting for his chance, he has never shown signs of unrest.
In the main, Gadzhalov is a man who can be trusted to do a job when called upon. On his game he can be vital in defensive situations, winning headers and timing tackles to keep opposition forwards at bay.
Rarely lets his standards drop below a six out of 10 when he plays.
Can play in a back three or four in equal measure and can also play left or right of a central defender.
Although he’s never one to shirk a challenge, Gadzhalov rarely requires attention from the physio. Prepared to go in where it hurts and willing to play through the pain — an ideal combination for a defender.
Never looks to try anything outside his remit.
Wins the ball and then passes it to a team-mate. It’s a simple strategy but one which other defenders sometimes fail to adopt and ultimately cost their team goals.
A defender’s job should always be to stop the opposition scoring.
However, helping your team out with the odd goal now and again should always be part of the job description. Gadzhalov has managed that during his time at Dens and,when he plays, always looks a threat at set-plays.
He managed two goals last season but there is one strike that will live on in the memory of the Dundee support.
It came on May 2, 2016, when the Bulgarian netted a 76th-minute equaliser against Dundee United at Dens.
The Dark Blues would go on to win the game 2-1 thanks to a last-gasp Craig Wighton strike and, in the process, relegate their oldest rivals.
For all the previous reasons we’ve given why the Dundee fans hold Gadzhalov in such high esteem, maybe, just maybe, that goal against the Tangerines has won him a place in the Dee supporters’ hearts for all time.