Following the news of Scott Boden, Paddy McLaughlin, Maxim Kouogun, Alex Hurst and Olly Dyson all respectively renewing or signing a contract at York City, three others have followed in their footsteps.
Part of the side which won promotion back to the National League last season, Maz Kouhyar has rapidly become a fans' favourite after joining midway through the campaign.
His goal in the promotion final against Boston was one which will live in the memory of all people related to York City Football Club, and for obvious reasons, his contract renewal has pleased many fans, discarding the worry of Kouhyar packing his bags for an alternative club.
Also an Afghanistan international, Kouhyar has played his part for his country, representing them four times in the Asian Cup qualifiers over the course of the last month.
Following the departure of star 'keeper Pete Jameson, York-born Ryan Whitley has stepped in, as what he hopes to be, first-choice goalkeeper, signing a two-year contract which keeps him at the LNER Community Stadium until 2024.
Whitley didn't feature at all in City's promotion story, but he did play a crucial part in another one, down by the seaside. After multiple loan spells in the past, the young shot-stopper temporarily made a move to Scarborough Athletic, and guided the Seadogs to a promotion and county cup win.
Picking up a total of 20 clean sheets in the Northern Premier last season, Whitley will strive to do the same in this one, however the challenge has increased, the playing level just two steps higher.
The first goal for the 22-year-old is to initially gain the number 1 shirt, which he highlighted in an interview subsequent to signing a new two-year contract:
"If I can get that number one shirt and prove myself then who knows what can happen. It’s down to me – I need to work hard and do the right things and give it my best shot."
Yet another key piece to The Minstermen's unanticipated playoff win comes in Mitch Hancox, who also signs a deal to remain with the club in the 2022/23 season.
A tactical genius decision made by John Askey to switch Hancox from left-back to midfield allowed the 28-year-old to utilize his goalscoring ability from the centre of the park.
It ended up resulting in the Hereford loanee scoring 11 goals from just 36 appearances - only Clayton Donaldson scored more! Hancox grabbed two goals in a stunning FA Trophy comeback versus Morpeth and also helped send York City through to the play-off semi-finals with a goal against Chorley in the eliminator.
On speaking to the club following his new contract, Hancox pointed out the positive aspects of his stay so far:
“The fans were brilliant with me last year and I couldn’t ask for anything more so hopefully I can keep playing well on the pitch.
“I feel valued here so the chance to get it done and over the line I couldn’t say no really.
“We want to carry on and build that momentum – as long as we do that I see no reason why we can’t be up there.”