Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike has ended speculation about his future.
Pike, who had been linked with the vacant manager’s job at AFC Totton following Stuart Ritchie’s switch to the Hawks, has penned a new two-year deal at Privett Park.
It follows Borough’s successful promotion to the Southern League premier division after their dramatic play-off final victory over Poole.
Assistant manager Mick Catlin has also been rewarded for helping return Gosport to a league they had not contested since 1991.
He too signed a two-year contract to ensure his partnership with Pike continues to flourish as Borough attempt to consolidate their place in the premier division.
‘Alex and myself have signed new two-year contracts with the club, so we are looking to stay with the club for the long term,’ said Catlin.
‘We had been in that league (Southern League division one south & west) for several seasons so you get used to the grounds and the routine.
‘But with new grounds and teams we’ll experience playing in the premier division, it gives you added enthusiasm. It is where we should be, though.’
Meanwhile, Gosport have confirmed a pre-season friendly against the Hawks on Tuesday, August 7, at Westleigh Park.
‘The game will give us a chance to see where we stand, where we are and what we have to do,’ added Catlin.
– ANDREW OTTEY