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IRVING, Texas ? (AP) ? Bill Parcells is coming back for at least one more season with the Dallas Cowboys ? and maybe even two.


The team announced Friday that Parcells agreed to a new contract through the 2007 season.


"I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to continue what we have started here,'' Parcells said in a news release. "The Cowboys organization has been the fairest of fair to me, and hopefully I can repay them with an improved performance.''


Parcells, 64, had a year left on the four-year, $17 million contract he signed in January 2003. However, he left his three previous coaching jobs mid-contract and there was speculation he might do it again.


The question diminished as this week went on and Parcells continued showing up at his office every day. Still, the announcement helps turn attention back to what the club will do to continue the turnaround that saw them go 9-7 after being 6-10 the previous year.


"This is about continuity and building upon the pieces we have in place as an organization and as a football team,'' Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "We aren't where we want to be at this point, but we're definitely moving in the right direction and feel very good about the future.''


The Cowboys are 25-24 under Parcells, counting the postseason. Over his 18-year career, he's 163-123-1, good for ninth on the career win list, with two Super Bowl wins.


In three years with the Cowboys, Parcells has enhanced his reputation as a turnaround specialist, but he still has plenty to accomplish ? starting with winning a playoff game.

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