Whitehawk have backed Steven King to deliver success by awarding him a contract extension on the eve of the new season.

King – a manager with a rich record of success – turned around Hawks’ fortunes last season by leading a side that narrowly avoided relegation the previous season to the play-off final.

His current contract has another year to run but Whitehawk want him for the long term and have offered him a year’s extension to his current deal.

Club president Chris Gargan says the offer is in keeping with the ambitions of a club continuing to drive forward despite their play-off heartbreak last season.

Gargan told The Argus: “We appointed Steve last year on a two-year contract. He has a year left to run but that will be extended by another year.

“We want to keep the continuity. He has done a great job and we see Steve as integral to the club’s success going forward.

“Steve brought in (last year) Pablo Asensio, a really good coach who has committed himself to the club for the next five years. Pablo isn’t contracted but the feels we can get three promotions in five years which is what we would like.

“But that needs to be sustainable and we need to build the fanbase.”

Off the field, John Summers has been confirmed as chairman, while former Worthing and Newhaven manager Lee Brace has taken over as match secretary.

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