Chester FC: Neil Young and Gary Jones sign new deals with the Blues

NEIL Young and Gary Jones have committed their futures to Chester FC by signing new contracts.

It was confirmed this morning that, after several months of negotiations, manager Young and his assistant Jones have penned new deals.

The pair were due to be out of contract in May. Their new deals run until May 2013 and will be automatically extended by an additional 12 months if the Blues win promotion this season or next.

Young, who also works full-time for Merseyrail, said: “I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club and I’m very happy to have agreed an extension to my current contract.

“The support has been unbelievable and to think where we are now compared to 18 months ago, not just on the pitch, is phenomenal.

“Now the most important thing is we carry on improving, both an off the pitch.”

Chester FC chairman Chris Pilsbury added: “I am sure that all Chester FC supporters are as delighted as the board that Neil Young and Gary Jones have accepted new contracts with the club.

“Neil, Gary, and the management team have shown a very high degree of professionalism, dedication and skill, as can be seen by our current league position and our championship last season.

“Hopefully they will be with us until at least May 2014, by which time we may even be back in the Blue Square Premier League.”

Wirral-based Young, 37, and former Tranmere Rovers player Jones, 36, left Colwyn Bay in 2010 to become the first people to take charge of the reformed Chester FC.

They led the Blues to promotion in their first season and are on course to achieve another promotion, with the club currently sitting proudly at the top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League table.

Contract negotiations with the pair have been ongoing since October.