Chester, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Union announced on Wednesday the club has signed midfielder/defender Maurice Edu to a multi-year permanent contract.

Edu joined the Union prior to last season on a one-year loan from Premier League side Stoke City, but the Union have moved to make the deal permanent.

Per club and league policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Mo is an extremely important player to our organization and we're excited that he will be in Philadelphia for the foreseeable future," said Union technical director Chris Albright. "We look forward to him helping lead us toward building a winning team."

Edu, 28, quickly became a force in the Union lineup in 2014, starting 31 games and adding three goals and two assists en route to being named to the MLS All- Star team. He ranked third on the team in minutes played (2789), and memorably scored the Union's lone goal in the U.S. Open Cup Championship against Seattle Sounders FC.

"I couldn't be happier to permanently return to Philadelphia and to play in front of our great fans," said Edu. "I believe in this team's future and am excited to be an integral part of that."

Prior to his time in Philadelphia, Edu spent four seasons with Scottish powerhouse Rangers FC, winning three Scottish Premier League championships and helping lead the club to four UEFA Champions League appearances.