MORECAMBE veteran Stewart Drummond has signed a new one-year contract.
Drummond, 36, will continue his role as reserve team manager but insists he is not yet ready to hang up his boots and call time on his career.
The midfielder, who played 42 games last year before missing the end of season run-in after suffering a burst appendix, believes he has at least one good season in him at League 2 level.
Drummond said: “I’ve always kept myself fit and feel I have another good year in me at least. I haven’t really thought about calling it a day yet because I always think you are a long time retired and I have always wanted to play for as long as I can.
“I enjoyed my first season managing the reserves last year and learned a great deal from that and that is something I want to take forward eventually but at the minute I want to be in a position where I am available for selection.”
Drummond is currently working his way back to full fitness after spending a week in hospital at the end of last season after suffering from appendicitis.
“I didn’t feel well after the Good Friday game and just thought I had a stomach bug. But it wouldn’t go away and a few days later I found out that my appendix had burst and they kept me in hospital for almost a week to make sure everything was OK,” he said.
“It has taken a bit of time but I am getting back to fitness now and working hard to make sure I am ready for pre-season training.”
Shrimps’ boss Jim Bentley made his first summer signing last week with left back Robbie Threlfall joining on a two-year deal.
Threlfall, 23, is a former Liverpool junior who was at Bradford City last year before ending the season at Dundee.
He is a player Bentley has admired for some time and almost joined the Shrimps on loan at the start of the year as cover for Laurence Wilson after he picked up the injury that saw him miss the end of the campaign. He has now been brought in as a direct replacement for Wilson, who has left the Globe Arena in search of football at a higher level.
Bentley said: “Robbie is a great lad with a good attitude and I am delighted to have him here. We wanted a left back who is a good defender but can also get forward and I think he will fit into the side well.”
Threlfall said: “I know a couple of Morecambe players and as soon as they started talking about the place I knew it would be a great place to come to. It looks a great set up and I wish the season was starting tomorrow.”