BRETT Munyard has set his sights on taking White Ensign to the next level after celebrating 100 competitive matches in charge.

Munyard is enjoying his third season at the helm and has steered the club towards a Eastern Senior League Division One South title bid after winning promotion last term.

And the player-manager is proud to have brought up a century of fixtures in the dugout at the age of just 27.

Munyard said: “Reaching 100 games at Ensign is extremely pleasing and something I’ve very proud of.

“I’ve loved every minute of being part of this club.

“I want to manage or coach at the highest level possible but I’m only 27, so I’m not in a rush to get to that level and I’m very happy with Ensign.

“My goal is to progress with White Ensign.

“The club has matched my ambitions each year and as long as that continues I think I will be here for a long time to come.”

White Ensign, who are currently second in the Eastern Senior League Division One South standings and find themselves five points adrift of table-topping Hashtag United, have surpassed expectations this season.

The Basildon Sporting Village-based club have caught the eye and Munyard is delighted with the progress made since he took over.

“There are many moments over the past three years that stick out as my best memory in charge,” added Munyard.

“When I first took over, the club had no first team players from the previous manager and I don’t think anyone gave us a chance of staying in the league so that achievement was huge for me.

“The standout moment is the promotion to senior football.

“Playing in the FA Vase and away to National League South side East Thurrock United in the Essex Senior Cup are things that no-one thought this club would be able to do and the fact that we have done that and also sit second in the league makes me extremely proud.

“The club’s future is certainly bright. We are growing rapidly on and off the pitch and I really believe we can compete at senior football for a long time.

“Hopefully we can gain another promotion, which would be a mammoth achievement.”

Munyard continues to shine on the pitch as well as in the dugout, with the striker scoring 40 goals since taking charge.

However, White Ensign had to score a late leveller to draw 1-1 with May & Baker in Munyard’s landmark encounter.