Jim Paterson has earned his new contract with Bristol Rovers – Mark McGhee
Jim Paterson has signed a deal to extend his stay at Bristol Rovers for another year.
The Scottish defender was one of Mark McGhee's first signings on a short-term deal following his arrival in January and did enough in 17 appearances to be offered a one-year extension with an option of a further 12 months.
Paterson offers McGhee experience down the left-hand side, having played in both defensive and midfield areas, and has also showcased his versatility by filling in at the heart of defence when needed. His signing offers McGhee, who managed Paterson during a spell at Motherwell, a boost following Gary Sawyer's decision to take up an offer to join League One club Leyton Orient last weekend.
The manager, however, is still waiting to find out if Wayne Brown and Danny Woodards will agree to the terms that have been offered to them in a bid to keep them at the Memorial Stadium.
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"I threw down the gauntlet to Jim when he got here, and he has grasped it with both hands," said McGhee.
"He has endeared himself to the fans with his effort and style. I think everybody knows a bit of what Jim is about now. He has shown a lot of consistency, and he gives me options down the left.
"He is delighted to have earned this contract, but he still believes there is more to come and that he has more to show us."
Paterson made 39 appearances at Championship level for Plymouth Argyle over a three-year spell, having joined them in 2008, and his career has taken in more than 300 senior games.
"We are delighted that Jim has decided to sign with us, after doing so well last season," said Rovers' chairman Nick Higgs. "It is another piece of the jigsaw as Mark continues to shape his squad for next season."
The club continues to make progress on their pitch improvements ahead of next season on August 18.
The £35,000 programme to install a pristine playing surface was in full swing yesterday as the old pitch was removed and covered with sand in preparation to be re-seeded and fertilised.
"We had to take drastic action and strip everything back to basics," said stadium manager Ian Holtby. "We aim to make sure Mark McGhee and his side have a vastly-improved playing surface next season."