The Cumbrians finished 20th in League Two and have already seen big changes in the summer, with no fewer than six players arriving at Brunton Park since the end of the campaign.
The 24-year-old Hanford, who made his debut for the club last season, said the new faces would help freshen things up after last year.
He told the club’s official website: “Last season just wasn’t good enough when you look back on it as a whole.
“Everyone who is here next season, including the new signings, will have a point to prove. We’re coming back for pre-season early and I think it’ll be good for us to get together so we can hit the ground running.”
Handord added that he is determined to improve on his own season, which yielded 27 appearances in all competitions.
“Although I’ve got a contract I’ll still be working as hard as I did last year, because I want another one by Christmas,” he explained.
“I’m not here just to see out a contract, I’m here to improve and become a better player.
“I’ve felt myself improve during the last 12 months. I came back to a club with full-time coaching after my time in Malta, and I played games, which is exactly what you need.”