Jay Saunders has signed a one-year extension to his rolling contract as manager of Maidstone United.
The new deal will keep Saunders at the Gallagher Stadium until the summer of 2015 and allows him to start making preparations for the next campaign as this season enters its final weeks.
Saunders said: “I am delighted, and it’s an honour to have the opportunity to carry on as first team manager. The timing’s perfect as I can start planning for next season and talking to players.”
The Stones returned to the Ryman Premier Division this season and are among the sides battling for a play-off place. They currently sit third in the table and are in the final of the Robert Dyas League Cup.
Club chief executive Bill Williams added: “The directors were unanimous in their decision to extend Jay’s contract for another season. He’s on-course to deliver our best finish in the Ryman Premier Division in recent years and got us to a league cup final. His work with the academy is reaping rewards and we’ve seen several talented youngsters make it into the first team.”
The 35-year-old has been in charge of the Stones first team since March 2011 and became a full time coach at the club’s academy last November.