have also extended midfielder Gary Stopforth's deal until January 21st,
whilst defender Max Cartwright has signed until the end of the season.
originally due to head off to Australia last week but has delayed his departure
until the end of this month.
Gannon said: "Obviously there' been a lot of negotiating behind the scenes
with the Board regarding my own contract, but now that has been settled I’m
starting to visualise how the team will progress this season and into next
extended Gary Stopforth’s contract to January 21 so he can play in the
Darlington game – if his departure is delayed for any reason we can just
continue it as long as we need, so that was the first bit of business we needed
to do for January because it’s a big month. We’ve also secured Max Cartwright
for the rest of the season - he’s done a good job since coming on non-contract
terms so we want to reward him for what he’s done and keep the defence and
defensive midfield lines really secure with the players we’ve got.
ahead, the only player we’re going to lose is Gary Stopforth, so obviously John
Marsden and Kaine Felix will give us opportunities in and around the attacking
third if we move Jimmy Ball back.
all settled we then started to look towards next season, we want to secure this
group of players because I think they’re growing, so we have taken a really
positive step. With Ben Hinchliffe we’ve got one of the best keepers in
non-league, whilst Michael Clarke was a great servant to me at Northwich – he
was my captain – and he’s come into the team and grown into the role. He’s
desperate to be part of this going forward so Ben and Michael were easy ones in
the sense that it was a simple decision for them in terms of the offers we
contracts will take a little bit more work to make sure everything is right,
but I’m really pleased that we’ve started the process now because we’re looking
forward to the rest of this season in confidence, but we can also look forward
to next season knowing that a strong core and backbone of players will still be
here from this team."
Gannon (pictured) revealed
that his previous coaching experience has helped him to shape his squad this
season: "I like to work with players over a long period of time and I
don’t give up on players," he said. "Even going back to Liam
Dickinson and Ashley Williams, players of that ilk, you just keep working with
them, keep helping them to improve, and that patience and perseverance will pay
off and it builds confidence between both parties and I think we’ve seen this
current group of players grow together as a team and I’m looking forward to
seeing how they evolve. We’ve got some great people on a great journey, but I’m
conscious we’ve got to keep working hard if we’re to continue that journey".