Elliott Frear has extended his stay at Forest Green Rovers until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old re-signed for the League Two club back in October, having left Motherwell in the summer, signing a short-term deal until January, but has agreed to a new contract until the summer of 2020.

He has gone on to play eight times during his second spell, scoring an important goal in the derby-day win over Cheltenham Town, before suffering an ankle injury in the win over Billericay Town in the FA Cup.

The injury set the left winger back in his progress but having started his first match back against Stevenage on Boxing Day, he is now looking ahead to the rest of the campaign and helping the team in their fight for promotion.

Elliott Frear said: “I’m really pleased, it was a no-brainer from my side.

“The club offered me a new contract and it was done really quickly.

“Every time I have played for Forest Green, and I have played quite a few games now, I have enjoyed it.

“It was unfortunate that I got the injury at the time I did, I was really getting going and I thought I was playing well but that put me back six weeks.

“I played under the manager before, I know how he works and I enjoy playing for him and in front of the fans at The New Lawn and that was a big thing in coming back and back enjoying my football again.

“The Cheltenham game was a good one for me and a good result for the team, I’m looking forward now for the new year and to try and get this club promoted at the end of the season.”

Frear now has 123 appearances for the club over his two stints, scoring 14 goals.

He left for Motherwell back in January 2017, but since returning has played a key role in FGR’s season, with the side currently sitting in fifth place in League Two, just a point off the automatic places.

Head coach Mark Cooper has described the forward as an ‘important piece of the puzzle’ for the remainder of the campaign and has hinted at further arrivals early in the window.

Mark Cooper said: “Elliott gives us that balance on the left side, he is very quick and is experienced.

“He is flexible as well and can play in lots of different positions, so he is an important part of the puzzle going forwards for us.

“He started off great and then he picked up a horrible ankle injury which set him back for five weeks and we’re just trying to get him back up to speed again now, but he is a good lad and he has done well.

“I believe we are close on a couple more, which will be good. It will give everyone a lift and the boys we have got here a hand and hopefully improve the forward part of the pitch.

“Statistically, in the EFL, we are near the top apart from one, which is the final third of the pitch. We’ve got the most clean sheets, we’re in the top three for possession, we’ve got the most away points in the division, it is just around the box that we have to get right.”