Chelmsford City have announced that Mark Haines has become the latest to agree terms to stay with the Vanarama National League South club for a tenth season.
Chelmsford boss Rod Stringer has acted quickly to retain the services of the long-serving defender, quickly adding him to the retained list following the announcements of Jonny Giles, Elliot Omozusi, Taylor Miles, Anthony Church and Max Porter – as well as signings of Amos Nasha, Joe Anderson and Tom Wraight.
Since signing in 2010 from Grays Athletic, 28-year-old Haines has gone on to excel for the Clarets and regularly featured in City’s defensive line.
Aside from a brief spell on loan at Bishop’s Stortford during the 2012/13 season, Haines has amassed over 250 appearances for the Clarets, becoming a fan-favourite with the club’s supporters at the Melbourne Community Stadium.
The versatile defender – usually holding the central position but able to fill-in at full-back – has scored a handful of times for the Clarets and has remained a loyal servant of the club under numerous managers.
Chelmsford will reward the experienced defender’s loyalty to the Clarets with a testimonial match.