Ben Milnes has agreed a new deal to remain at Corby Town for next season.
The midfielder was one of the standout performers in a disappointing last campaign, which ended with the Steelmen being relegated from the Vanarama National League North.
Milnes’ performances earned him the supporters’, players’ and manager’s player of the year awards, the last of which he shared with Greg Mills.
The 24-year-old will again be part of Tommy Wright’s squad for what is set to be an Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division campaign after he previously helped the Steelmen win the same division just over a year ago.
And boss Wright was delighted to have retained a key member of last season’s squad.
“I think it’s huge for us, especially with us moving to daytime training,” the Steelmen boss said.
“Ben is massively popular with the fans who have seen how hard he works and he is a popular member of the dressing-room, which was summed up with him being named the players’ player of the year.
“Nobody throughout the whole club has got a bad word to say about him.
“I know there was interest from other clubs and I know Ben spoke to another but I am obviously delighted that he has agreed to stay with us.
“We are fortunate that he is still young but has that experience of winning a title and that will be crucial for us.
“We will be going with a younger group for next season but when I look back on the side that won the Southern League, the average age of that was just under 22.
“We will have a group that wants to achieve something and adding Ben to it only strengthens it further.
“He can be as good as he wants to be and his form, particularly towards the end of last season, really showed what he is all about.”
Wright also confirmed that left-back Kalern Thomas and striker Callum Ball are both set to sign new deals with the Steelmen tomorrow as he continues the rebuilding job at Steel Park.