NEW manager Phil Parkinson's promotion plans have been given a major boost after influential midfielder Jake Moult agreed to extend his long association with Altrincham for another season at least.
The 28-year old from Stoke, signed by then-Alty boss Lee Sinnott from Alfreton in August 2012, discussed his future with club officials shortly after an eminently-forgettable campaign ended with a 2-1 defeat at Tamworth.
Allaying fears he may seek a fresh start at a higher level, he quickly made it clear he was wholly committed to the Alty cause and eager to help spearhead a swift return to the National League North under Parkinson and his assistant Neil Sorvel.
It was just the news Parkinson, also from the Potteries, was hoping for after he made no secret of his admiration for the long-serving former Port Vale youth team graduate as a positive influence in the changing room and powerful presence on the pitch.
Despite Alty's woes in the season that has just drawn to a close, Moult underlined his worth by frequently filling in at centre-back, during injuries to Tom Hannigan and John Cyrus, and looking every bit as assured as in his more natural position at the heart of midfield.
Prior to that, he was voted players' player of the season two years ago, as well as often acting as stand-in captain and briefly taking the reins as joint caretaker manager, following the departure of Neil Young.
Moult's decision to remain at The J.Davidson Stadium follows hard on the heels of Damian Reeves' disclosure he is leaving, and there will be more comings and goings on the player front in the coming few days, as next season's squad continues to take shape.
In a bid to boost season ticket sales, Alty are offering a discount to anyone buying an adult or concessionary ticket by the end of this month.
An open letter from skipper Shaun Densmore, apologising for a second successive relegation and urging supporters to stick with the club, has also been posted to existing season ticket holders.