Airbus UK Broughton have announced that Manager Craig Harrison has agreed an 18month Extension to his current contract, Harrison has been busy during transfer window adding players on long term deals including John Leah from Rhyl Football Club and holding contract negotiations with current members of his squad as he plans for further progress in the Welsh Premier League.

Harrison has been at the Airfield since 2007 when he joined as Gareth Owens Assistant Manager after the departure of Alan Bickerstaff, and after replacing Owen as Manager Harrison has lead the Club to continual improved League positions during his tenure culminating in qualifying for the inaugural Welsh Premier Super 12 in May 2010.

Currently Airbus UK Broughton have 2 remaining fixtures in the First Half of the Season and have an outside chance to finish in the top 6, a finish that would represent the Airfield outfits best ever Welsh Premier League result.

Jonathan Williams speaking on behalf of the Clubs Executive committee commented on the award of a new deal for Harrison “We are pleased with the continuity offered via Craig’s new contract.  The club has been transformed since our first season in the Welsh Premier League in 2004.  The ongoing improved performance and the infrastructure developments have placed the club well within the new league of 12.  We look forward to working with Craig to further develop the squad and to improve the club as a whole.”

Chairman Paul McKinlay was as delighted to have secured Harrison`s and the Club`s longer term future “Securing Craig for a further 18 months ensures we have increased stability as well as continued steady progression to look forward to, Craig has performed magnificently over the last 3 years on comparatively limited resources, his extension is his reward for his efforts thus far and we look forward to him continuing his good work for the Club”

Upon signing the contract Harrison said “I am happy to be extending my contract, as Airbus is a progressive Club both on and off the field, I have a good working relationship with the Chairman (Paul McKinlay) and Commercial Director (Stewart Roberts) who have been very supportive of my plans longer term, I would also like to thank the Executive and General Committees/Volunteers for their support and help in gaining the Domestic Licence. Only 12 months ago people were saying Airbus would not make the Super 12, yet here we are still in with a chance of the top 6 with a couple of games remaining which shows how far we have come, integral to that progression has been Thomo (Andrew Thomas) who has been invaluable since day one and of course Smudge (Jamie Smith) and Roger (Roger Preece). Of course the most important element at the Club is its Players who have been fantastic, both those that have moved on and my current squad. I am looking forward to helping develop the Squad/Club over the next year and a half where ideally we would be in amongst the Top 6”

Harrison takes his Squad into 2 must win games against Newtown this coming Saturday (Latham Park 2.30pm) and then Bala Town at the Airfield on 5th February, the Wing-makers are also looking for Port Talbot and Aberystwyth to lose in order for a top six finish. > ends.

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