CHIPPENHAM Town have announced the re-signing of versatile forward Craig Fasanmade for the 2023-24 National League South season.

Fasanmade endured an injury-hit campaign after arriving from Hemel Hempstead Town in the early stages of last season but still managed to bag five goals for the Bluebirds.

Although his game time was limited due to a couple of ankle issues before Christmas, the tricky winger began the new year brightly and netted his first Chippenham goal in his return against Hungerford Town in late January.

Four further goals followed, including a late equaliser at home to Concord Rangers where Chippenham rescued a draw from a seemingly impossible position late on.

The 22-year-old also helped the Bluebirds finish the National League South season strongly before a frustrating shoulder injury was sustained on the final day against Dulwich Hamlet.

Despite the problem, Fasanmade and Chippenham were all too happy to agree another contract ahead of next term.

Speaking to Chippenham’s media team, the former Oxford United, Hungerford, and Wealdstone forward said: “I am delighted to sign with the Bluebirds for another season, and I can’t wait to be back working with the management team and the lads.

“I felt welcomed by the fans from the moment I came to the club, and I think we can really build on the positives from last year’s record-breaking season and continue to push this club onwards and upwards.

“I’m looking forward to the exciting journey ahead, and I can’t wait to see the brilliant fans back at the Thornbury Surfacing Stadium soon for another big year! Up the Bluebirds, CF10.”

Meanwhile, manager Gary Horgan said: “We’re delighted to have re-signed Craig.

“Fas is incredibly hard working, incredibly quick and scored some important goals for us last year.

“We’re really looking forward to working with a fully-fit Fas and excited to see what we can achieve together this season.”

Elsewhere, Chippenham midfielder Luke Russe won the National League South Goal of the Season award.

Russe hammered home a long-range screamer in the 57th minute against Weymouth back in March as the Bluebirds snatched a 1-0 victory in Dorset.

The right-footed pile-driver helped Chippenham’s entry win the competition by a landslide - receiving almost 40 per cent of the total votes cast.

Ebbsfleet United striker Dominic Poleon's solo effort against Slough Town was second with 17.9 per cent of the vote while Sonny Miles' effort for Tonbridge Angels on the opening day was third with 17.5 per cent.