MATT Jansen is urging his Chorley side to pick up where they left off last season after committing his future to the Magpies.

The 39-year-old, who took over as manager at Victory Park from Gary Flitcroft in July 2015, has put pen to paper on an extended deal along with his assistants Jamie Vermigilio and Jonathan Smith.

Jansen's sound mounted a stirring bid for promotion last season, only to suffer defeat in the National League North play-off semi-final to Halifax.

After signing his new contract, Jansen said: "This season is a big one for us and we all know how close we went last time around. Everyone is focussed on picking up where we left off and seeing just where it will take us.

"There have been a lot of changes over the summer off the field that can only be good for the club and it is clear we are building a strong infrastructure which will only take us forward."

Dave Riche, Chorley's chief executive, said getting Jansen's future sorted out was something the Magpies' board had focused on this summer.

"This is great news for us and something which the directors have been keen to seal," he said. "Having such a strong management team in place and respected names in the dugout is a major asset for Chorley Football Club.

"This season is vitally important and we are determined to spread the word about the club deep into the community and beyond.

"We have a superb loyal fan base and some excellent sponsors and backers already and we hope to grow that at all levels to take Chorley to the next level and ultimately beyond."