Lancaster City head coach Darren Peacock has sung the praises of player of the year Garry Hunter after he signed a new one-year deal at Giant Axe.
The former Morecambe midfielder cleaned up at the club’s end of season awards and is hoping to go one step further with the Dolly Blues next time around after Peacock’s side missed out on the Evo-Stik First Division North play-offs on goal difference last season.
Hunter, who scored three goals in all competitions, joins top scorer Tom Kilifin in putting pen to paper ahead of the new campaign.
Peacock said: “We really wanted to do it sooner but there’s quite a few clubs sniffing around our players and one of them was Garry Hunter.
“I’m really pleased he’s signed. We wanted to keep the nucleus of the squad together and Garry is really important in that with his experience.
“We want players on the pitch who can control the situation and he plays in such a crucial position.
“We’ve also got a lot of lads trying to break through and they can learn from him.
“Some players don’t pass on their experience for whatever reason but he does.”
Peacock will meet with his players on Friday as he checks on their progress ahead of pre-season training beginning on July 3 and continues to shape his squad.
He said: “Mike Hale has verbally agreed but we can’t put a lot of players on contract due to our finances.
“We’re having a little meeting on Friday. Nothing too heavy, just a bit of a chat before they’re back properly on July 3.
“Everyone’s doing some work and some are working really hard, especially the younger lads who we’ve given programmes.”
City will be joined by some trialists during pre-season with Peacock having had players recommended to him who have been released by Football League clubs and others who are attached to Lancaster University.
The Dolly Blues have also confirmed another friendly with Skelmersdale visiting Giant Axe on Saturday, August 2.
This weekend, June 21 and 22, there will be a working party at Giant Axe where fans are invited to help with ground maintenance.
Call the club office on 01524 382238 if you’re able to help out.
Seven days later on June 28 the Dolly Blues are holding their next trials in partnership with the NPL Academy at Giant Axe playing fields between 10am and 3pm.
The NPL/Evo-Stik Football Academy gives 16 to 18-year-olds the opportunity to play football in a competitive league and gain a BTEC qualification in sport.
For more info visit www.nplfootballacademy.co.uk or call 01524 382238.