Tony Burman hopes getting most of Dartford’s squad re-signed already can give the club a big head start next season.
Captain Elliot Bradbrook, player-of-the-year Duane Ofori-Acheampong, midfielder Ryan Hayes and vital players Lee Noble and Danny Harris have already confirmed they are staying.
Deren Ibrahim, Andy Pugh, Alex Brown and Tom Murphy are also on board, while defenders Ronnie Vint and Tom Bonner were already contracted.
Burman thinks strong foundations have already been laid ahead of next season’s Vanarama National South campaign.
It is a far cry from his summer 2016 frustration and Burman told KentOnline: “I’m delighted with what I’ve done in a week-and-a-bit.
“Usually it drags on for quite a while and that’s what I didn’t want to get involved with.
“It’s something I didn’t dream of, to be fair. It hasn’t happened for a long time.
“I know it’s the same players but why break a good group up? We can tinker about with it and hopefully make it better.
“All the players have had the experience of last season and they’ve shown they want to do better again this year.”
Their season may have ended with defeat in the playoff semi-final against Chelmsford City.
But Burman knows the squad want to go one better next season.
“They’ve done well this year, deserved to finish third in the league and they want to take it a step further,” he added.
“The nucleus of the squad is excellent and I can now be careful and patient and add to that in certain areas. I was worried we weren’t going to get all those players signed.”