Andy Halls has become the latest man to commit to Macclesfield Town as they aim to push for a Football League return next term.
The 23-year-old right-back has agreed a new one-year deal with the Vanarama National League club, who just missed out on last season’s play-offs.
But the England C international, who joined the Silkmen from Stockport County in 2013, believes John Askey’s men can go one better next season.
“It took a little while to get everything sorted because of holidays but it is great to get it all signed off and I am looking forward to getting started in pre-season,” he said.
“I was never looking to leave the club. As soon as I knew that the manager was staying I was always going to sign.
“It is really good to see a few more of the lads from last season staying as well and we want another good season next year.
“We did so well last season, and we want to keep that momentum going next season.
“Everybody was surprised how well we did last season and maybe there is some expectation on us next season – but we are all looking forward to it.”
However, Matthew Barnes-Homer won’t be returning. The striker came back to the club on loan from Whitehawk last term but has now made a permanent move to Macc’s league rivals Aldershot.
The 29-year-old scored nine goals from 23 league starts for the Silkmen last term.
“It was great to be part of Macclesfield as they have a fantastic manager and a good bunch of lads,” he said. “The fans are superb too.
“We were in the play-offs for most of the season but every team has a bad run and we hit ours at the wrong time.
“It was a hell of a run, though, and all credit to the rest of the players for the belief they showed all season.”
Injury limited the 32-year-old to just 12 games last season.
But he has plenty of League experience having played for Oldham and Morecambe before spending the 2013/14 season with Hyde, who will renew their rivalry with Ashton in the league next term.
Haining and Barnes-Homer have followed Adriano Moke, Scott Barrow and Rhys Taylor out of the Moss Rose exit door this summer.