BRIGHTLINGSEA Regent boss Tom Rothery says it is a "huge" development that skipper Matt Cripps has agreed a fresh one-year deal at the Taydal Stadium.

The centre-half has penned another FA contract meaning he will spend a sixth season with the Bostik League outfit.

Cripps led by example last season - the club's second at step three level - and Rothery is delighted he will be a pivotal part of their 2019/20 campaign.

“It’s vital for the club to keep our core so securing Crippo is hugely important to our plans," said the Regent boss.

"I personally feel he’s proven he’s comfortable at this level and, for me, he really developed and matured as a skipper last season.

"Slightly more responsibility was added to him off the pitch and I felt that came through on the pitch.

"Part of Crippo’s development is leading the team and being our voice on the pitch.

"He's always led by example but I felt last season he really led with his communication and was notably more vocal.

"I felt it was a massive addition to us as a team and was demonstrated in our goals against column.

"Crippo is always a guaranteed consistent performer and had another excellent season.

"Getting him secured is huge for the club and I’m really pleased we’ve got it done early."

Cripps, 26, previously played for FC Clacton and Stanway Rovers.

He was a key part of Brightlingsea's success last season, guiding the club to their highest-ever league finish, in addition to their furthest runs in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy.

It's been an excellent few days for Regent, with the news that boss Rothery has also nailed his colours to the R's mast.

There had been doubt about his future following concerns about the club's playing budget next season.

He reluctantly admitted he would be forced to step down if finances were cut.

However, with things now now looking far rosier on that front, Rothery has committed to another season in charge of the ambitious Taydal Stadium side.

Assistant Pip Boyland has also agreed to continue in his role for the up and coming season, as have goalkeeper coach John Albon and kit man Alan Wright.