Ian Pearce has committed his immediate future to Fulham by signing a one-year extension to his deal at Craven Cottage.

The defender’s previous deal expired at the end of the season but after featuring in all of Fulham’s nine Premiership games this season he has now been rewarded with a new contract.

Pearce has been an important figure in Fulham’s fine start to the season that has seen The Cottagers rise to eighth position, and the former West Ham man says he is looking to push on and continue his career under Chris Coleman.

“I’m delighted that I have been given the opportunity to sign for Fulham for another year,” Pearce said on the club’s official website.

“I’m looking forward to working hard, and continuing to enjoy my football.”

Cottagers boss Coleman, who is also close to securing an extension with right-back Moritz Volz, welcomed the news of Pearce’s extension and praised the defender for his professional approach.

“I am really pleased that we have secured the services of Ian Pearce for a further season,” said Coleman.

“He has been top class for us so far this season with some outstanding performances at the back.

“His attitude in training has been fantastic also, and he’s in the best physical shape I’ve seen him so it’s great that we have been able to extend his contract.”