Aaron Cresswell has handed Ipswich a huge boost having signed a new contract at Portman Road until 2017.

The highly-regarded left-back, rated among the best outside the top flight, was not due to see his current deal expire until the summer of 2015, but has put pen to paper on a fresh three-and-a-half-year deal.

Cresswell, 23, has previously been linked with several Barclays Premier League suitors including West Brom, Aston Villa and Everton.

He told Town's official website: "I had about 18 months to run on my contract so obviously I'm delighted to have extended that.

"I am really enjoying my football here. There is a good feel about the place and it's enjoyable coming to work every day.

"I feel I have progressed as a player and, like any professional, I want to get to the top and that means playing in the Premier League. Hopefully I can do that with Ipswich."

Cresswell arrived at Ipswich from Tranmere in 2011 and has made a total of 111 appearances to date, scoring seven goals for the Suffolk outfit.