Tommy Wright views Blair Alston as a “central” part of his St Johnstone team next season.
The former Falkirk midfielder has signed a new one-year deal with the option of another after that, depending on appearances in the 2018/19 campaign.
Wright has predominantly used Alston out wide in his first two seasons as a Saints player but that could soon be about to change.
“We’re delighted to get this one sewn up and have Blair here for another year,” said the Perth boss.
“It’s been a frustrating campaign for him after being injured at the start and now the end of the season, but when he has been fit I feel like he has contributed well to the team.
“We played Blair out wide for most of the season but I’m hoping that next year we can bring him into a more central role and utilise him there.
“I think it’s a great piece of business by the club and we can look forward to having Blair back fit and ready to go for the new season.”
The 26-year-old has made 71 appearances for Saints and will have recovered from his season-ending ankle injury in time for pre-season.
“I’m delighted to be staying at Saints next season and I’m really enjoying it here,” said Alston.
“I’ve loved my football ever since I arrived and although the injury against Aberdeen has been a blow and spoiled the final few weeks of this season, it’s still been an enjoyable campaign.
“I’ll be ready for the start of pre-season and I’m really looking forward to getting back involved and helping the club kick on.
“I feel I’ve contributed well to the squad over the past two seasons but one thing I would like to improve is my goal return so that’s something I’ll be looking to add to my game next season.”