JAMIE O’Hara admits he ‘couldn’t be happier’ after penning a contract extension to remain as Billericay Town’s player-manager until the end of the 2020/21 season.

O’Hara is enjoying his first taste of management after taking charge in September.

And O’Hara is pleased to have committed his future to the National League South club.

“I’ve been at this club for several years now as both a player and now as the manager,” said O’Hara, who is enjoying his second spell at New Lodge.

“It’s just a special place and our fans are amazing.

“I really couldn’t be happier at being given the chance to continue my managerial career here beyond the current season.

“I have an excellent relationship with the owners and want to play my part in the next stage of this club’s story.”

Billericay are currently 17th in the National League South standings, but O’Hara has made it clear throughout the campaign that he is looking to challenge for a play-off spot.

Town’s progress has been hampered due to a string of postponements, with the latest coming today.

Billericay were due to go head-to-head with Maidstone United but the pitch was deemed unplayable following an inspection.

Town’s owners have made it clear that a new artificial pitch will be installed ahead of next term, with a Fifa Quality Pro 3G surface being ordered by the club on Monday.

While O’Hara remains confident that Billericay will climb the standings as his side strive to improve, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is looking forward to seeing Town in action next term.

“Together with my assistant manager Gifton Noel-Williams and the rest of the backroom team, we have brought together an exciting squad that we believe can still climb the table this season,” added O’Hara.

“Next season, we will have a brand new artificial surface to play on.

“I think that it will suit the style of football that I like to play and allow us to build momentum knowing that games are not going to be cancelled.”

Chairman David McCartney is pleased to have O’Hara remaining in charge for the long-term.

“Jamie has been our manager since the consortium took over in October,” said McCartney.

“He has provided tremendous support around the financial changes that we have had to make and has the team playing a really exciting brand of football.

“In addition, he is simply a fantastic ambassador for the club both through his media work and the way that he interacts with the fans and local community.

“As an ownership group, our intention is to bring much-needed stability ahead of implementing plans to take this community club forwards.

“Securing Jamie’s signature helps with both aspects. It is a very positive step for the club.”