Paul Lawson believes Formartine United have the core of a good squad secured for whenever football resumes.
Defender Craig McKeown is the latest player to sign a new contract with the Pitmedden club.
The 35-year-old has put pen to paper on a one-year deal and follows Conor Gethins and Andrew Greig in committing himself to the North Lodge Park outfit.
United player-manager Lawson said: “We have the nucleus of a good squad, but we’re under no illusions that we need to improve on last year’s performances.
“I believe the group we’ve got can do that. We’ll probably still be looking to bring in one or two players, but we have a good nucleus.
“But I’m a firm believer in trying to keep a squad together and build on things.
“We’ve got boys that have been here for a few years now and it’s time to put in the performances and improve on what we did last season when we get the chance when football resumes.”
After injury problems in recent years McKeown was in good form before the Highland League season was declared over in March due to coronavirus.
Lawson is pleased one of his key players is able to enjoy his football again.
He added: “I’m delighted that Craig is going to be staying with us and continuing to play.
“I’ve made no secret of the fact he’s very important to the team and the squad and he’s a big presence at the club.
“It’s great to keep him and it’s good this season he’s been able to enjoy playing football again.
“Craig has had a few tough years with injuries but this season he’s been back injury free and playing well and it’s a great boost for us that he wants to continue playing.”