MACCLESFIELD Town manager John Askey, captain Paul Turnbull and midfielder Danny Rowe have all agreed new one-year deals with the Vanarama National League club.

Turnbull has been with the Silkmen since July 2013 following his release by Northampton Town and was named captain at the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

Rowe returned to the Moss Rose outfit in January following spells with Conference North champions Barrow and AFC Fylde.

Former Macclesfield striker Askey has been the Cheshire club’s boss for two full seasons and guided them to within a point of the play-off places last term.

The 50-year-old finished 15th in his first campaign in non-league’s top tier before taking the Silkmen to sixth place as their play-off ambitions were ended by Forest Green Rovers following a run of one win in their final eight league games.

Chairman Mark Blower told the club’s official website: “We are all pleased that John has agreed a new contract with the club and wants to continue the job he has started.

“He has a great affinity with this club and the supporters and we were keen to reward him for the job he did last season.”

Ex-Stockport County skipper Turnbull, 26, enjoyed play-off success and a Wembley visit with the Hatters during his six-year stay at Edgeley Park.

He has scored eight goals in 66 appearances for the Silkmen and took over the armband for 2014-15 as the driving force in the centre of midfield but had been linked with a move to Wrexham.

Rowe is also formerly of Stockport having come through the ranks at the age of 17 but his breakthrough came in 2012/13 at Barrow, when he scored seven goals in 40 league outings for the Bluebirds.

The 23-year-old arrived at Macclesfield in the summer of 2013 and became a prominent figure prior to joining AFC Fylde on loan. He then returned in January 2015 to make 11 appearances during the run-in.

The winger, who wears the number 34 jersey, has only scored once and assisted a further seven goals during his Macclesfield career thus far.

The trio’s signatures are a huge boost for the Silkmen as they seek to build on last season’s disappointment in failing to achieve a top-five finish having occupied a play-off position for much of the campaign.

It follows the purchase of highly-rated forward Kristian Dennis from Vanarama National League North outfit Stockport County on a season’s long loan last week.

It is also understood that defender George Pilkington and striker Chris Holroyd are close to extending their own current deals.

Chairman Blower said the club will continue to strengthen the playing squad throughout the summer with news expected in the coming weeks as Macclesfield prepare for a third successive season in the Conference following their relegation from League Two in 2011-12.

They have also confirmed a pre-season friendly against League One side Sheffield United at the Moss Rose on July 29.

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