Ricky Marheineke believes he has hired the ideal right-hand man.

The St Ives Town chief has appointed Craig Adams as his new assistant manager.

The 44 year-old arrives after spending the last two seasons as number two at Southern League Premier Division rivals Biggleswade Town.

Adams has previously managed lower-level sides Wellingborough Town and Bedford Town, and also worked as an assistant boss at Rugby Town briefly. He has also coached in the Peterborough United youth set-up in the past.

Marheineke said: "Craig is a fantastic addition. He's a loyal, forward-thinking coach who prides himself on hard work and attention to detail.

"I can't wait to start working with him and I'm confident we can create something special together at this great club.

"Craig currently holds the UEFA B coaching licence and is on a EUFA A course later in the year. That shows the level he is at."

Saints endured a tough second season at Step 3 level, finishing 22nd in the Southern League Premier Division.

They were fortunate to dodge relegation in a campaign when only the bottom side - Dunstable Town - faced the drop.

Marheineke is bidding to bolster a squad which struggled last term, although there are no confirmed arrivals at this stage. One popular player - midfielder Rogan McGeorge - to take up a coaching and playing position in Australia.

Marheineke added: "It's a great opportunity for Rogan - one that doesn't come around very often. I wish him every success.

"He was superb for St Ives during his time with us last season. His attitude and application were second to none, and he is also a great lad.

"I'm working hard on trying to bring new players to the club and we're also talking to a number of our current players as well."