Vanarama National League North club Gainsborough Trinity have moved to secure Dave Frecklington as manager following the preservation of their league status last weekend.
Frecklington, and his assistant Terry Fleming have put pen-to-paper on two-year deals, which is set to give the club some much-needed stability following an eighteen-month period where the Holy Blues have been managed by Steve Housham, Dominic Roma and finally Frecklington.
Stability that will enable the later to plan short, medium and longer-term, as Gainsborough look to compete in an ever-growing league.
On staying up, delighted chairman Richard Kane was pleased to announce the retention of a manager who has galvanised support, rewarding the pair with a deal that rewards the hard work they have put in to securing the clubs’ status and allows the management team to put their own stamp on the team, bringing in those they identify as being able to take the football club forwards.
Frecklington has already met with all members of the squad that ended the 2016/17 season with the club and has made offers to those he is wishing to keep, and the boss has been delighted with the response from the group.
Club captain, Nathan Jarman has agreed a reduced terms deal to stay at the club, with the front man vowing to find his form in front of goal next season, despite having more substantial offers from elsewhere in the National League North.
Defensive lynchpins Chris Salt and Michael Jacklin have committed their longer-term futures to the club, having arrived late on in the season and impressing as part of a resilient rear-guard that saw the Holy Blues keep clean sheets against teams in contention for the play-offs in Salford City and Brackley Town.
Popular utility man Thomas Davie also extends his stay at the club having initially re-signed for the club on loan from Bradford Park Avenue.
Following his release by Avenue, he initially signed a deal until the end of the 2016/17 season before agreeing another year at the team he affectionately calls home.
Darnelle Bailey-King has returned to Rotherham United following the completion of his season-long loan, while Callum Chippendale’s loan has now expired and has already been released by his parent club, Boston United.
Striker Chib Chilaka has returned to league rivals Harrogate Town, where he will find out his fate in due course.