POOLE Town's talismanic skipper Jamie Whisken has penned a contract committing him to Dolphins for the 2017-18 campaign.

The deal to tie Whisken to the club represents a coup for boss Tom Killick, whose stated aim this summer is to keep together the squad that finished fifth in National South last term.

Whisken had a peripatetic start to life in the non-league game following his release by Cherries as an 18-year-old in 2006.

He had spells with Aldershot, Farnborough – who he signed for twice – Basingstoke Town, Sutton United and AFC Totton before joining Dolphins in 2013.

Whisken, who made one first-team appearance for Cherries – as a substitute in a League Cup tie at Wigan in 2005 – was handed the captain's armband at Poole during his debut season at the club.

He played 43 times as Dolphins won the Southern Premier title in 2015-16 and missed only one league match during his team's maiden National South campaign last term.