Holbeach United boss Darren Jarvis expects Gary King to lead the way in next season’s championship challenge.
King has become the first player to sign a deal to stay at Carter’s Park.
Jarvis has invited the full squad which ended last term to be part of what he hopes will become a bid for the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League’s Premier Division title.
He said: “Gary is the first to publicly state that he will be staying but we have got quite a few others who are ready to commit themselves in the next couple of weeks, although they haven’t put pen to paper yet.
“I know Gary thoroughly enjoys playing football for Holbeach and he can’t wait to get going again.
“If he’s happy and fully committed then I think he is probably the best player in our league.
“He has been in the Football League and he’s only 25 years old.
“But he had a reputation in the past that perhaps playing football wasn’t too important to him.
“I never had a chance to meet him until myself and Tom Roberts came into the club.
“A lot of people had given an opinion about Gary over his heart, desire and work-rate.
“We’ve found out that he’s got all of those qualities if you manage him in the right way.
“He has been an absolute joy to manage and we are all looking forward to working with him next season.
“He spent a lot of time on the bench last term but we know he’s a talented player and we saw that he has got plenty of motivation.
“He’s an attacking player and we want him where he can hurt teams whether that’s in the front two, behind them or coming from midfield.
“At times he was played out of position but we want him in the attacking third.
“We are excited over what is happening in our plans for next season – not only the players who are ready to sign but those targets who we are also talking to.”