WARRINGTON Rylands have moved to tie their management duo to the club for the long run.

The Guardian can exclusively reveal that manager Dave McNabb and his assistant Fraser Ablett have signed new two-and-a-half year contracts with the club.

McNabb and Ablett have now committed their futures to the Gorsey Lane club until at least the end of the 2022-23 campaign.

Warrington Guardian:

From left, Warrington Rylands owner Paul Stretford, manager Dave McNabb, assistant Fraser Ablett and chairman Mark Pye. Picture by Mark Percy

Both men joined when Blues were admitted to the North West Counties League - McNabb as joint-manager alongside Stuart Wellstead and Ablett among the coaching staff - and helped guide the club to the First Division South title in their inaugural season at Step Six.

Last season, after McNabb had taken sole charge following Wellstead's departure to continue his playing career, Rylands were on course to seal promotion from the Premier Division until the coronavirus pandemic forced the campaign to be declared null and void.

So far this season, Blues are top of the Premier Division with an unbeaten record having reached the third qualifying round of the FA Cup and the second round proper of the FA Vase.