We are extremely happy to be able to confirm that both Adam Clayton and Jack Higgins have extended their stays at the club ahead of the 2019/20 season.
Clayton and Higgins join fellow defender Danny Ellis in committing to the club, ensuring the back three who formed part of the second-best defence in the league will be kept together for next season.
Adam Clayton has been an integral part of our last two promotions since joining in 2015, and is the club’s fourth-highest appearance maker with 176.
The defender has also made significant contributions at the other end of the pitch, scoring 27 goals in total for the club, including 15 in the 2016/17 promotion winning season.
Clayton was happy to extend his time with the Celt Army into a fifth season, and said: “I’m delighted to have signed again for another season, it was never in any doubt really!
“Loyalty goes a long way in life, and that's what the club have showed me, so it's only right in my eyes that I do the same.
“Last year was unbelievable, it was the best season I've had as a footballer. We were under pressure all the way to the end and we needed everyone involved to get us through some tough periods and ultimately over the line.
“This will be my fifth year with the club and I've probably enjoyed my best years here, it's a pleasure to play here and a really enjoyable place to be, with brilliant people from the board room to the fans.
“Next year will be a challenge, obviously, but we aren’t going into that league to just enjoy it and make the numbers up, we want to achieve things and the squad we have is good enough to do that, so I'm really positive and looking forward to it.”
Jack Higgins has started every league game since joining the Celts from Warrington Town last summer, making 54 appearances in total in his first season at the club.
Like Clayton, Higgins has also had an impact at both ends of the pitch, finding the back of the net six times last season.
On penning a new deal with the Celt Army, the ex-York City man commented: “As soon as the gaffer (Adam Lakeland) got in touch about signing up for next season it was an easy decision and it went really smoothly.
“We'll be presented with different challenges next season but it's something I think we'll relish.
“Last year was a brilliant experience for all of the lads and everyone involved with the club.
“Our squad has been the smallest I think I’ve ever played in and we've had some real testing times, especially over the festive period when the same 11 lads played all four games and took 12 points, but it only made us stronger as a group and took us to where we wanted to be.
“My standout moment last season has to be Gainsborough away on a Tuesday night, we went there and scored 5, which was a real statement to make and it's the most I’ve enjoyed playing on the left of a three.”
Looking ahead to life in step two, Higgins added: “I can't wait to test myself against teams in the National League North.
“We've got real quality and a cracking team spirit which counts for loads. I love playing with this group, it's not often you play with a full team where there are no egos or hidden agendas, but we've a team of top lads who'll do well.”
Updated 18:07 - 17 May 2019 by Thomas Ritchie