KYLE Critchell has been promised the necessary funds to acquire players for the 2024/25 season, Portland United chairman Matt Lucas has revealed.

Given the Blues’ outstanding charge towards the play-off spots this season, Portland are firmly in the realm of preparing for life at both Step 4 and for consolidation in Step 5 should they miss out on promotion.

The Blues’ startling rise in form comes amid boss Critchell and assistant Jamie Symes’ first full campaign in charge of a young squad brimming with local talent.

And Lucas has made it clear the Blues will back Critchell in the player market to make further improvements to his squad, no matter what division awaits them in next term.

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“Kyle knows that he only has to come and ask, to a certain extent,” Lucas told Echosport.

“Yes, Kyle is working to a budget but he also knows that he can come and speak to us as a committee. We’re all ears for that.

“We want to help now, regardless of what the future might hold. At the same time, there’s no secret that we want Portland United to be a hub for the community.

“The clubhouse extension and plans we’ve got going forward, it’s all to increase footfall and give excellent facilities for the folk of Portland, football orientated or parties, darts and various events.

“Us concentrating on our community work will hold the club in a stronger position commercially.

“So, we want to be in a position where we can help the management as best as we can.”