Stevenage and Steve Evans have agreed to extend their relationship for another two years - after chairman Phil Wallace said they have left a "dark place" behind.

The new deal for the 60-year-old now runs until June 2025 and is announced with Boro second in League Two, 12 points clear in the race for an automatic promotion spot and readying themselves for a third-round tie at Aston Villa in the FA Cup.

The chairman said: "Our results since Steve arrived speak for themselves. We increased our budget this season but it is the selection of players that has made the difference.

"Steve and Leon Hunter, working together with players and agents respectively, have brought not only good players but great characters to the club.

"We are still determined to run a tight ship financially and conduct smart business but the spirit and camaraderie that Steve has built amongst the group is admirable.

"I have personally enjoyed working with him and I would hope that was reciprocal.

"We have had too many seasons in dark places and we are enjoying where we are now."