POOLE Town have secured the services of defender Josh Staunton for another season.

Considered a coup of a signing when arriving midway through the campaign, former Yeovil Town captain Staunton will add to his 18 appearances in red and white.

A centre-half by trade, Staunton has made over 200 appearances in the National League, the highest level of non-league football.

And the 28-year-old believes Dolphins will be competing for promotion next year, following a disappointing campaign that saw Poole dragged into a relegation fight under the watch of four different managers.

Staunton shared: “I’m delighted to be here and extend my stay; it was quite an easy decision really and it’s nice to be at a club with ambition.

“The aim is simple - we have to target promotion”.

Manager Steve Tully added: “Delighted that Josh has decided to re-sign for us going forward.

“He is a player that I trust and brings a certain professionalism that I like in the changing room.

“He’s a big leader on and off the pitch and someone that shares my ambitions for the club.”

Poole remain in talks with Toby Holmes, Declan Rose, Harvey Wright, Kyran Samadi, and Tyler Forbes.