Krystian Pearce, Mal Benning and Omari Sterling-James have signed new one-year contracts at Mansfield with the options of a further 12 months, confirmed by the club website.

The contracts of all three players were due to expire at the end of the season.

Centre-back Pearce, 28, has made 122 appearances and left-back Benning, 24, has played 110 times since both players arrived in 2015.

Forward Sterling-James, 24, joined the Stags from Solihull Moors last summer and is yet to score in 20 appearances.

Manager Steve Evans is pleased to have been able to agree new deals for the trio.

“Krystian’s been fantastic, hasn’t he? He is The Chief by name and he’s one of the leaders in the dressing room. He’s charismatic, he’s positive, so Krystian fully deserves that,” said the gaffer, speaking at a news conference at One Call Stadium.”

“Mal Benning was out the side for long periods. I think some days he shed a tear when the team coach left because he wasn’t travelling. We said to him: ‘your form’s not there, son. Get your form right, we want to retain you.’

“Omari Sterling-James has everything in the locker. I always knew it would be a season of adjustment for him. I call him ‘cheeky chappy’, that’s what I call him. Him and [Alex] MacDonald and [Jacob] Mellis, he’s in that little gang of people and technically he’s magnificent. ”

“Omari Sterling-James next season will be, whatever level this football club plays, he will be a proper player for this football club. Mark my words.”

The gaffer has thanked chief executive officer Carolyn Radford for her diligent work in securing the future of the Stags’ trio.

“It’s a fantastic piece of business. I must congratulate Carolyn Radford. She gets these agents in and she’s just dealt with them.”

“She got them over the line and I was absolutely delighted. Before they left for a few days away, she just called me up and said: ‘we’re going to take your recommendation.’

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