Hungerford Town’s highly-rated manager Bobby Wilkinson has put pen to paper on a two-year extension to his deal with the club.

The Crusaders currently sit in the Vanarama National League South play-off positions, just nine months after securing promotion from the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division.

That has led to some talk that Wilkinson is being considered by clubs higher up the league pyramid, after an impressive spell in charge of the Crusaders.BOBBY WILKINSON

The club confirmed that he has signed a contract extension, although revealed that “a clause exists if Bobby was officially approached by a ‘high end’ football club”.

A statement released on the club’s official website read “Bobby Wilkinson today signed a two year extension to his existing HTFC Football Management contract.

“The deal was signed behind closed doors with club Chairman Nigel Warrick and continues a successful partnership for the Crusaders.
“This sends a powerful message to all people involved at HTFC, but equally to the clubs within our league and the ones above as many rumors have been transcending throughout social media.

“Good news for Bobby and his family as hopefully his phone will not be ringing so incessantly and fans at HTFC can sleep easier.

“Obviously a clause exists if Bobby was officially approached by a ‘high end’ football club as it would not be fair to stand in his way in him aspiring to his ultimate dream but all dealings would be done with HTFC’s consent and official recognition.

“Work has started in earnest on the new Stand, floodlights and turnstiles as full planning permission has been received from the Council. Norman Matthews, Steve Skipworth and the team have everything under control although the weather has taken a turn for the worst.

“Bobby is already planning for next season, so look out for some new signings and a drive to get all the football business wrapped up before the summer and pre season”

Wilkinson spoke of his ambitions to move up the football pyramid in an interview with Non-League Daily in October.

In the interview he said “I want to manage higher up the leagues and that has been my ambition since I started my career with Hungerford” he admitted.

“I work twenty four hours a day to study, to learn the game, around some great people.

“Hopefully I will get that opportunity to be part of a Football League management team at some point.

“I am a young manager, I am thirty nine now and I am biding my time, learning my trade and trying to get more promotions, more achievements on my CV so that when people look at it they think ‘he’s a winner”

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)

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