Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth has revealed that his ‘mind was made up’ to sign a new contract with the Chairboys after having talks with the club’s owners.

The 49-year-old penned a new deal with the Adams Park outfit at the end of June which will keep him in Buckinghamshire until 2025.

This comes after several rumours linked him to numerous clubs across the EFL, most notably his former employers in Preston North End, and his boyhood team, Blackburn Rovers.

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However, he admitted that whilst ‘It’s no secret’ that certain teams were trying to land his signature, positive discussions with the Couhig family convinced him to remain with Wycombe.

Speaking to the press ahead of Wanderers’ season opener against Burton Albion on July 30, he said: “It’s no secret that there were rumours with other teams, and without giving anything away, the club backed me, they were interested in me, and for me, my mind was made up that it was good thing to sign my contract extension.

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“It’s given me a little bit of security and it gives the players a little bit of knowledge that I am committed here, and the vision Rob, Pete and Missy have got here for this club is something I want to buy into.

“They really want to escalate this club into the Championship.

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“We’ve had a little taste of that, maybe a bit prematurely, but that taste has really wet my appetite and I am desperate to get back up there.

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“And it’s a reality that we can achieve.”

Since taking over as the club’s manager in September 2012, Ainsworth has managed 513 Wycombe games, winning 202, drawing 130 and losing 181.