Sean McConville has signed a new Stanley deal, keeping him at the club until 2018.

The midfielder returned to the Wham Stadium in the summer from Chester and has gone on to be a first team regular.

The 26-year-old is in his second spell with the Reds having initially left in 2011 for Stockport.

He’s delighted to be staying – and that supporters welcomed him back warmly.

“The fans have been great with me,” he said. “There were a few murmurs when I came back but they’ve been first class with me since I came back through the door really and I thank them for that.

“I’m pleased to have played regularly this season. Goals and assists are a plus but the most important thing is working hard for the shirt and I think I’ve done that. I’m happy that this new contract is there as a bit of a reward.”

“Sean’s been fantastic since he came back,” added manager John Coleman. “He’s getting into good areas, making a big contribution and getting plenty of chances.

“I’m really pleased to have him here for another two and a half years and he won’t be the last to sign up. We expect a few more to be putting pen to paper over the coming weeks.”