Warrenpoint Town boss Barry Gray has hailed the long-term commitment of striker Daniel Hughes.
Hughes has ended speculation over his future by agreeing a new two-year deal with the club.
The 23-year-old had been expected to leave Warrenpoint this summer with a posse of clubs tracking the Milltown hit-man.
Linfield, Glentoran and Glenavon were all linked with a potential move, along with League of Ireland champions Dundalk.
But after securing the future of the striker – who bagged 19 goals last season – Warrenpoint boss Gray believes it is a massive coup for the club.
“We are delighted that Daniel has agreed to stay with the club. It is a fantastic piece of business,” a delighted Gray said.
“We thought we would have our work cut out trying to tie him down to a new contract, especially with the interest out there from other clubs.
“But credit to him, he was happy with what we had to offer, and he has subscribed to what we want to achieve at the club.
“We need players like Daniel to stay here so we can build for the future. Hopefully this will attract other players to come to Warrenpoint.”
In another boost for the Milltown club, Daniel’s brother Stephen has also agreed a new contract, while defender Dermot McVeigh is also staying for next season.
“It gives us a solid base to work from next season,” Gray added.
“We managed to stay in the Premiership last season, but now we want to build and try and progress.
“The likes of Daniel and Stephen are very important players because they can score you goals.
“Dermot is another important player for us, and to keep those three guys is encouraging for the future.
“We will hopefully add a few more faces during the summer, and hopefully this news will attract players to Warrenpoint Town.”
Meanwhile, Ballinamallard United have signed former Institute midfielder Michael McCrudden.
McCrudden becomes Whitey Anderson’s fourth new arrival this summer.
“I met Michael at the club last week,” Anderson said.
“He was very impressed with the set-up and showed great enthusiasm to come here.
“We are delighted to have him on board.”