Boss Nigel Adkins believes Leicester City loanee Dean Hammond will be vital to United's promotion aspirations this season.
The experienced midfielder has impressed his manager since arriving on-loan from the Foxes last month, with Adkins keen to point out Hammond's qualities.
The Gaffer remarked: "We have every confidence in Dean Hammond and he will continue to be an important part of our team.
"Dean does the things people don't see or don't want to acknowledge. He breaks up play, makes tackles and keeps the ball moving when we have possession.
"He has been valued at his previous clubs and he is certainly valued here."
Adkins added: "Dean is a team player, a grafter and importantly a leader.
"If we stay together and support the players we have a chance to win promotion come the end of the season and that remains the ultimate aim."