Blues are delighted to announce Lewis Gard has signed a contract extension with the club.
The midfielder, 22, has put pen-to-paper on a deal until the end of the season.
Gard went on loan to Heybridge Swifts in November before coming back to Blues and featuring in three games in December.
Having overcome two serious knee injuries in his short career already, Gard says he wants to impress in training and work himself into Kevin Maher’s side
"I’m very happy. I’ve been here since I was eight or nine so it’s great to extend my deal and now I want to work hard to get into the team," he said.
"It’s another six months where I really want to kick on and play as much as I can.
"This is my most injury-free season I’ve had since I’ve been a pro and of course I want to take advantage of that and play as many minutes as possible.
"The competition for places is mad because we’re winning games and all the boys are playing well. The standard in training has gone up so much by everyone and the ones who aren’t playing are ready for their chance when it comes.
"The gaffer has been great for me and he’s put a bit of trust in me by giving me the contract so I owe him that back by going out and performing."
Blues Head Coach Kevin Maher said: "I’m delighted because all he wants to do is play for the football club and I think that’s important.
"He’s had a tough time in terms of injuries, but he’s shown great desire to come back from them.
"When he’s come in he’s done ever so well and I’m pleased for him. He’s a great character around the place as well so I’m delighted that he’s here for the remainder of the season."