Stanley captain Seamus Conneely has signed a new one-year contract with the club.

Conneely, who played under John Coleman and Jimmy Bell at Sligo Rovers, arrived in East Lancashire midway through the 2014/15 campaign.

The 34-year-old lifted the League Two trophy in 2018 and has made a total of 318 appearances across nine seasons at the Wham Stadium, with the Irishman scoring 12 goals and providing 13 assists during that time.

His new deal means Conneely will be under contract until 2024, and comes following news that fellow midfielder Mo Sangare has left the club to join Livingston.

The extension is a huge boost for John Coleman and his plans for the upcoming season.

The Reds boss said: "We missed Seamus when he didn't play last year and I know he is keen to play every game, but maybe we both have to temper our expectations.

"He's certainly a really good role model around the place, a great captain, and he's been a fantastic servant to the club.

"We're desperate to create a sense of stability at the club, so having someone of his ilk on board is going to be very beneficial for us."

Stanley will embark on life back in League Two following relegation last season.

Conneely will be looking to play a big role in their bid to make it an immediate return, reflecting with pride on his time at the club so far.

"It's the club of my career. I've played for three other clubs professionally and had good times at all of them, but I think when I look back on my career, this will be the first club I think about.

"The one that's defined my playing days, so I'm very happy to still be here."