Dustin Fletcher will play on for a 22nd AFL season with Essendon, the veteran Bomber virtually assured of passing Simon Madden as the club's games record holder.
It was announced at the club's best-and-fairest count on Wednesday night that the 38-year-old had signed on for yet another season at Windy Hill.
Fletcher currently sits equal with former champion ruckman Madden on 378 AFL matches.
"To be honest missing the last couple of games this year made me really hungry to play again in 2014," Fletcher told the club's website.
"I've said it before, but to be able to come to the club and work with 40 of your mates and play footy for a living is a great job.
"Breaking the club's games record wasn't a motivating factor for me. The body is feeling good, I've still got my speed and we've got a great group of players here."
"While I can still contribute and play my role for the team I want to keep playing."