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CONCORD have maintained their proud tradition of player retention with eight key members of last season?s squad already agreeing to stay for the next campaign under new manager Adam Flanagan.

Stalwart centre-half Steve King along with fellow long-serving defender Danny Glozier and the versatile Jack Lampe have all pledged their commitment to the Vanarama South club.

Midfielder Sam Collins, Rangers? player of the year in 2014, has also agreed to stay along with left-winger and the club?s Under-18s manager Gary Ogilvie.

Joe Gardner, who has just had one of his most consistent seasons playing on the wing and up front, will also return for pre-season with former Brentwood boss Flanagan.

Lewis Taaffe (pictured), joint top scorer last season with 15 goals, has also re-signed along with Concord?s influential captain Tony Stokes.

All of the new deals have been agreed a fortnight after the club?s most successful-ever manager Danny Cowley made the switch to Essex rivals and Conference National side Braintree Town.

Concord chairman Antony Smith said positive talks were at an advanced stage with other members of a squad which just missed out on the play-offs and retained the Essex Senior Cup.

Smith also confirmed that Flanagan has identified a number of new targets for his first year in charge of the island side.