NASHUA, N.H. (AP) – Butch Hobson has signed a three-year deal to continue as manager of the Nashua Pride.

Hobson, who thought six weeks ago he would be out of a job because of the team’s uncertain future, met with local owners John Stabile and Tom Monahan on Thursday to finalize the deal.

Hobson started with the Pride in 2000 and led the team to the Atlantic League championship that season. He said he turned down a job offer Wednesday night from the new owners of the league’s Bridgeport Bluefish.

Last month, the Pride switched to the short-season Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball.

Stabile said it was important to sign the contract “so that everyone knows we’re going to go forward.”

Hobson said he was happy to stay in Nashua.

“I get to stay home with my family,” he said. “This is the best fit for us.”

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