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Flitcroft signs on the dotted line

GARRY Flitcroft has committed his future to Chorley FC after signing a two-year contract.

The Magpies chief put pen to paper following Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Stafford Rangers, much to the delight of chairman of Ken Wright.

The news is a major boost for the EvoStik Premier Division high-fliers, who remain firmly in contention for a second promotion in three years under Flitcroft’s stewardship.

The Chorley boss, who has led the club to seven wins and a draw in their last eight games, said: "I’m really loving my time here so when the board approached me about signing a contract, it was an easy decision to make.

"We’re on a fantastic run at the moment and I’m really excited by the potential of this squad.

"The lads have worked extremely hard to put themselves in contention for the play-offs and I firmly believe we are good enough to go up. We’ve just got to keep winning and see where it takes us.

"But whatever happens over the next few weeks, I know we’ll be a force to be reckoned with next season, whatever league we end up in.”

Flitcroft has reawakened a sleeping giant since stepping into the Victory Park hot-seat three years ago.

In his first season, he guided the club to a first promotion in 24 years after they won the EvoStik First Division (North) Play-Off final.

He then followed that up by delivering the Lancashire FA Challenge Trophy and a third place finish in the EvoStik Premier Division, with the club eventually missing out on a second successive promotion following a play-off semi-final defeat to FC United.

This season, after a difficult start, the Magpies find themselves in play-off contention once again, after Saturday’s win lifted the club to within three points of third-placed Witton Albion.

And Flitcroft’s achievements are all the more remarkable given the financial problems that plagued the club following the theft of more than £70,000.

Chairman Ken Wright said: "Garry has done an incredible job for this football club and long may that continue as far as the board is concerned. 

"There’s a real buzz about the club again and that’s largely down to Garry.

"The fact he’s committed his future to the club is a massive boost as it gives us some security going forwards.”

Flitcroft has been linked with a string of jobs in the Football League on the back of his success at Victory Park.

He added: "I am ambitious and I want to manage in the Football League at some point.

"But right now this job suits me and my personal circumstances so it would have to be a special job to tempt me into thinking about leaving. All I’m thinking about is doing my best for Chorley and being successful here.

"The fans have been different class with me and I just want to do my best for them.”

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