Chester FC have signed 21-year-old central defender Ryan Astles from Northwich.
The defender actually featured for the academy at Chester in his younger years – also being on the books at Tranmere.
Ryan has since gone on to play for Wigan reserves, Buckley and Rhyl before joining Northwich.
In 2014/15 at Rhyl; he scored six goals and picked up players’ player, fans player, managers’ player and committee player of the year – and was also nominated for Welsh Premier League young player of the year.
The tall, imposing defender played a key part in Northwich’s FA Cup run this term, scoring at Boreham Wood in their shock away win in Round One – also playing the full 90 minutes in the 3-2 defeat at Northampton.
On the signing, Blues boss Steve Burr said: “We watched him during Northwich’s FA Cup run and we were very impressed.
“He’s young and hungry to make the step up, and hopefully he can do just that. I’m very pleased to get him in, he knows the step up is big but he is capable.”