Harrogate Town have completed the signing of Lewis Turner, who was named as the Blues' player of the season for 2013-14.
Turner, 21, returned to the Swansway Chester Stadium on a season-long loan from Leeds United last August and was the standout performer in a difficult campaign.
He had spent the second half of the 2012-13 season on loan with the Blues, scoring the winner against Boston United to secure the Conference North title.
Right back Turner made 43 league appearances last term, establishing himself as one of the better fullbacks in the Conference Premier, and scoring twice, including in the famous 2-0 win over Wrexham at the Racecourse.
He was named as the City Fans United player of the year, players' player of the year and Away Travel player of the year at the end of season awards evening.
Garforth-born Turner came through the Leeds academy ranks but was not offered a new deal and was released at the end of the season.
Some supporters were hoping Turner - whose twin brother Nathan spent last season on loan with the Blues too - would return on a permanent basis.
But he has now signed for ambitious Conference North outfit Harrogate Town, who are targeting promotion to the Conference Premier.
Turner said: "I am really happy to sign for Harrogate Town
"I believe that it is a club on the up and I am looking forward to being part of a successful team this campaign
"The manager and the chairman seem very driven and ambitious and I can't wait to get started."
Blues boss Steve Burr has already snapped up a right back with Danny Taylor joining from Colwyn Bay.
Chester-born Taylor, 22, made two Football League appearances for Shrewsbury Town before linking up with Welsh Premier League club Airbus UK Broughton.
He arrives on the back of an impressive campaign at Llanelian Road, winning the players' player and supporters’ player of the season awards.