Stockport County midfielder Matt Mainwaring has signed a new short term contract at the club until January.
The Salford-born midfielder – capped once by the Republic of Ireland under-19 squad – has played for the Blue Square Conference side on a non-contract basis since September.
His performances have earned him a longer stay at Edgeley Park and County manager Jim Gannon is hoping to keep the 22-year-old until the end of this campaign.
“I am delighted to have secured Matt on a contract until January, he has fully deserved it with his performances,” Gannon told Stockport’s official website.
“In the New Year we are hoping to extend his stay until the end of the season at least.”
Former Preston trainee Mainwaring is in his third spell at the Hatters, having previously been at the club from 2008 until being released in 2011.
He subsequently signed for Championship side Hull City on a free transfer, but failed to make a league appearance, before returning to County on loan this January.
Mainwaring – who won the club’s Young Player of the Year award in his first season – has played eight times for the Hatters this campaign, including three appearances from the bench.
He is yet to score this campaign – his solitary County goal coming back in the 2008-09 season – but has contributed two assists.