DORCHESTER Town have appointed a new chairman to take over from Matt Lucas – but are keeping the incoming chief’s name quiet until the Magpies’ upcoming AGM in July.

Dorchester will seek approval for the move from their CBS members before going public with the new chairman’s identity at the club’s AGM next month.

Nevertheless, the Magpies have confirmed Lucas’ replacement will be promoted from director level, keeping the appointment in-house.

Dorchester also revealed Lucas will remain on the Magpies’ board of directors, with the outgoing chairman previously stating his desire to stay if suitable for both parties.

In a statement, Lucas, who steps down after five years at the helm, insisted he would give his “support and effort” to the new chairman.

It read: “Dorchester Town Football Club are pleased to confirm that a new chairman, subject to approval by our CBS members, will be announced at the 2019 AGM which is set to take place next month.

“The chairman elect, who is a CBS member and a part of the board of directors at present – will succeed current chairman Matt Lucas, who we are delighted to also confirm will be remaining on the board as a director following the AGM.

“Matt, who is stepping down after five years at the helm, said: “I’m really pleased that someone has come forward to take on the role of club chairman, and I will be more than happy to give my support and effort both to the new chairman and the club as whole.

“Full details about the AGM, which will take place in the Magpies’ Suite at the Clayson Stadium, are set to be announced shortly.”