Date: Thu 21 Feb 2013

McGregor signs up for three more years

gap Connah's Quay have announced that manager Mark McGregor has extednded his contract with the club for another three years.

The Nomads are delighted to announce that they have secured the services of one of the game’s hottest young management prospects, Mark McGregor, for a further three years.

The contract extension means Mark, or “Macca”, will be at the club until at least June 2016.

Mark has had an outstanding three years at the Deeside Stadium, winning back- to-back Cymru Alliance Championships, reaching the semi-final of the Welsh FA Cup and establishing the team in the Welsh Premier League (WPL).

Working closely with assistant Jay Catton and the club’s renowned youth academy, Mark has actively encouraged progression of young players through to the first team, giving caps to several rising stars including Rhys Healey, who recently signed for English Premier League aspirants Cardiff City.

Mark remains very ambitious for the club, with aspirations for a new ground, European qualification and establishing the team as a top-four WPL outfit that challenges for honours regularly.

Mark said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be staying with the Nomads for another three years.

“We have made significant progress as a club both on and off the field over the past three years, thanks to the tremendous support of gap personnel and, since 2012, our main shirt sponsor Think Accounting.

“We’ve had some really great times – reaching the semi final of the Welsh Cup was an amazing experience for example.

“For this season the immediate priority is to ensure we don’t get dragged into a relegation fight, and then to push on and try to finish 7th or 8th.

“If we are lucky enough to still be in this league next season we will be looking to secure a top-six finish and from there the sky’s the limit.

“I will continue to work closely with Jay Catton and the team at the academy. With this setup, our excellent fans and the great bunch of players at our disposal I’m confident we will go from strength to strength over the next three years.”

gap personnel CEO Gary Dewhurst said: “It has been a pleasure working with Macca over the last three years, and I am delighted he has agreed to extend his contract.

“He fully buys into the vision of developing the club, alongside the academy, whilst maintaining our close links with the community.

“He is an ambitious man and we fully realise we will have to help support these lofty ambitions over the next few years.”

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